Saturday, September 12, 2009
Controversial topics: Health care and preemies
Recently with the health care debate comes some pretty hot topics about how other countries run health care. How other countries aren't doing such a hot job, or how other countries are just letting babies die.
Along with this debate an article was run recently on a UK site ( I do not know if it is just a blog or a newspaper) regarding the care of a premature infant and the government allowing it to "die" by refusing to treat the infant. Most of the comments are by people in the United States OUTRAGED by this type of "medical care." Most of them claiming it is barbaric and inhuman. But it seems ( in my opinion) some of the things that were overlooked were also very KEY points to WHY they did what they did.
* First though, I do sincerely give my condolences to the mother. It is a sad sad thing either way you look at it.*
Fact number one: The baby was born at 21 weeks and 5 days into her pregnancy. Meaning this child was WELL below the "average" of Age of viability. Many different places state that age of viability is 23-24 range, giving the statistic to be around 50 percent survival. The facts given of survival around 22 weeks of age is nearly extinct because there are not many cases involving fetuses born before 23 weeks and 1 day.
Fact #2: Medics allegedly told her that they would have tried to save the baby if he had been born two days later, at 22 weeks.