Have you all heard yet about the NHS official who said premature babies born @ 23 weeks or less should just be left to die? Her reasoning is that so few of them survive and of those who do survive, most of them are disabled. Wow. She wins the "cold, heartless wench" award from me.... but that's just my opinion.
I don't think there is ever an age where they are just too early to be helped. We should at least TRY to help them. Who can just throw a baby away like garbage? What does that say about a society, when they can just abandon an infant because they don't see it's life as valid?
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:10 PM on Mar. 10, 2011
Answer by Kathy675 at 1:39 AM on Mar. 10, 2011
Answer by frogdawg at 9:50 AM on Mar. 10, 2011
Answer by ss1436 at 1:04 AM on Mar. 10, 2011
Answer by agentwanda at 2:39 AM on Mar. 10, 2011
Answer by wendythewriter at 9:39 AM on Mar. 10, 2011
Dr Daphne Austin said that despite millions being spent on specialised treatments, very few of these children survive as their tiny bodies are too underdeveloped.
She claimed keeping them alive is only ‘prolonging their agony’, and it would be better to invest the money in care for cancer sufferers or the disabled.
Dr Austin, who advises local health trusts how to spend their budgets, said doctors were ‘doing more harm than good by resuscitating 23-weekers’ and that treatments have ‘very marginal benefit’.
The NHS spends around £10million a year resuscitating babies born this early and keeping them alive on incubators and ventilators.
But despite round-the-clock care from teams of experienced doctors and nurses, just 9 per cent leave hospital – the rest die. And only one in 100 grows up without some form of disability. The most common include blindness, deafness and cerebral palsy.
Guidelines state that doctors should not try to resuscitate babies born under 22 weeks, as they are too underdeveloped, but those born between 22 and 25 weeks should routinely be given intensive care.
The legal limit for abortion is 24 weeks. Dr Austin said that the care given to such tiny infants should be weighed up in the same way as the NHS decides whether or not to fund treatment for dying cancer patients.
‘We are doing more harm than good by resuscitating 23-weekers. I can’t think of very many interventions that have such poor outcomes.
I would prefer to free up that money to spend on providing support to people who have much more lifelong chronic conditions.’
Dr Austin, who did her medical training in New Zealand, does not work on a neonatal unit but acts as a consultant for the West Midlands Specialised Commissioning team, advising what treatments and care should be funded in the region
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:28 AM on Mar. 10, 2011
Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:19 AM on Mar. 10, 2011