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Although I am very happy that this baby survived the how & why she survived I find sad.
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Current guidelines in England don't suggest providing active care for babies born 22 weeks and 6 days or before. But when they put Maddalena on the scale, and realized that she weighed 1 pound -- the minimum weight for a baby to be considered "viable" -- they fought to keep her alive. Here's the thing, though -- Maddalena wasn't 1 pound. A pair of scissors had been accidentally left on the scale, making it seem like she weighed that much.
So if they had thought she was under a pound they would have left her to die. Isn't all life sacred? Death panels anyone?

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My sister will be 60 in May; she weighed 2 lbs at birth and was born at 6 mos gestation.
Yes all life should be fought for.
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The question now is "Who the f**k made up the "1 pound" rule in the first place since we have proof that babies LESS than "1 pound" shouldn't be given up on and can survive?!?!?!"...
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The question now is "Who the f**k made up the "1 pound" rule in the first place since we have proof that babies LESS than "1 pound" shouldn't be given up on and can survive?!?!?!"...
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I'm glad that we know more now about premature babies and that so many more of them survive.
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The question now is "Who the f**k made up the "1 pound" rule in the first place since we have proof that babies LESS than "1 pound" shouldn't be given up on and can survive?!?!?!"...
I don't understand the 1 pound rule either when there are so many other metrics to use in determining viability.

That being said, I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to criticize the standards that are in use now without some serious research. I do understand, however, that medical resources are finite and that sometimes it is necessary to make some unpalatable decisions about where those resources are spent. I am glad I don't have to make those decisions.
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It does seem as though "viability" now means you can afford to keep the preemie in neonatal ICU.
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Although I am very happy that this baby survived the how & why she survived I find sad. So if they had thought she was under a pound they would have left her to die. Isn't all life sacred? Death panels anyone?
Of course all life isn't sacred. That really goes without saying.
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I should have clarified that i think that the life of a human child is sacred. I wasn't speaking of a a life of a chicken or a murderer on death row.
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I should have clarified that i think that the life of a human child is sacred. I wasn't speaking of a a life of a chicken or a murderer on death row.
IMO you really shouldn't need to clarify that at all. Some people just sometimes need the obvious explained to 'em, I guess.
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