21 week baby left to die

‘Doctors told me it was against the rules to save my premature baby’

By Vanessa Allen and Andrew Levy

Doctors left a premature baby to die because he was born two days too early, his devastated mother claimed yesterday.

Sarah Capewell begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy  –  almost four months early.

They ignored her pleas and allegedly told her they were following national guidelines that babies born before 22 weeks should not be given medical treatment.

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The story notes:

Studies show that only 1 per cent of babies born before 23 weeks survive, and many suffer serious disabilities.

I do not believe that data.  I would ask anyone to comment on the viability of 22 week babies.
And if it is single-digit percentages that live normally is that not what we should do?

2 Responses to 21 week baby left to die

  1. Laura says:

    Very interesting, if heart-wrenching story. I posted a prayer request to my email list, nearly a year and a half ago, for my friend Bill, whose grandbaby had been born frightfully premature. She weighed 1 lb 13 oz, and it was touch and go for a couple weeks. She had to be transferred to a special neonatal unit, endure several surgeries… but today is in remarkably good health, developmentally on target, and is a gorgeous little girl.

    Through “Miss Bug” I’ve heard several stories of babies that have survived very premature births. Empirically, the evidence appears that infant girls have better survival rates, so I find it interesting that the smallest baby ever to survive, from 1 lb 6 oz, was a boy, up in Canada. There are other survival stories – here at this website http://www.preemiesurvival.org/info/index.html that are inspiring.

    This site also indicates the survival rate is 17% at 23 weeks.

    Moreover, the March of Dimes site – http://www.marchofdimes.com/aboutus/49267_18614.asp – offers an 11% survival rate at 22 weeks.

    So I agree with you: especially with constantly-improving technologies, either the 1% figure is outdated, or simply erroneous.

  2. Aly says:

    I thought this might interest you, my friend was only one pound when she was born (around 20 weeks). She survived and is a fully functioning adult. Why should the government be able to play god?

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