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Old May 15th, 2010, 16:28 PM   41
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It must prove to the doc's that it can be done. Which is why it pisses me off so much they won't lower that friggin A limit!!!!
i was going to mention this but wasnt sure if it was allowed. its so sad to think you would still have 2 weeks after this to make a decision.
i found this when i was 22 weeks and it really is encouraging.



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Old May 15th, 2010, 16:32 PM   42
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I think sometimes people want resuscitation/intervention prior to 24 weeks without really understanding what that entails.

Most babies born after about 18 weeks will be born alive and making some attempt at breathing. Yet very few babies born before 24 weeks survive, and that is why there is a 24 week 'limit'. Some hospitals will intervene after 23 weeks, but survival is very low at that gestation and of babies born then, almost all will have some sort of disability, learning difficulties and probably chronic lung disease too. A very high percentage of those born at 24 weeks will have the same problems.

I was told no intervention prior to 24 weeks. However, my twins were born at 23+5 and I insisted that they be resuscitated if possible. We lost one of our girls shortly after birth, she was too sick to respond to the resuscitation attempts and we had to let her go.

Our second twin was ventilated and admitted to neonatal intensive care. She lived for almost 9 days. She had a PDA (a heart problem causing a murmur, almost 100% of preemies born at 23 weeks will have it) was on insulin to control her blood sugar as she was too small/early to control it herself, she had a brain haemorrhage (again, a very high percentage of babies so premature will have one or more) and had 5 blood transfusions in her short life. All of these, and more, are normal and common problems in premature babies. Most have to be heavily sedated as their skin is so sensitive they do not respond well to touch and even the most basic handling can result in their oxygen levels dropping dangerously low due to stress. Luckily, our little girl responded well to handling and wasn't sedated. She died of a bleed in her lung, again, very common in such premature babies and something that they couldn't save her from.

We were aware of all the problems associated with premature babies when we had them, as they were expected to be premature, but all the above and more are why medical staff aren't keen to intervene if babies are born before 24 weeks, and sometimes 25 weeks. Survival rates are extremely low and not all parents want a child that may have serious disabilities.

I am so sorry hon. So sorry.



 
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Wow so teeny!!!!



 
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That's an incredible story ... wow.



 
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midori1999, thank you for sharing your story sweetheart. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful babies



 
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It's not as clear cut as they 'won't' try for babies under 24 weeks. My hospital has the facilities to try from 23 weeks, but not lower. Sadly, I have had to hear a great deal about this heartbreaking topic. If it was my baby, I know I would want them to try but at 22 weeks there chance of survival is 0%. Exceptions to the rule occur, but the official status is that trying before that time will only prolong death, not offer life. They are just not able to survive, and no-one would want them to suffer. This bubba is the utter exception to the rule, but they do assess babies on their chances and if they are large for dates, ect, more will be done.

No doctor or nurse would want to watch something so heartbreaking as seeing a little babe die. To suggest they would not intervene (other than to make the baby comfortable) when there could be a chance is unfair. It must be horrible for them just as it is heartbreaking for everyone. But they don't make this stuff up, it isn't done for punishment. They do it with the babes best interests at heart. It hurts though, so bad, to even consider it.



 
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It's not as clear cut as they 'won't' try for babies under 24 weeks. My hospital has the facilities to try from 23 weeks, but not lower. Sadly, I have had to hear a great deal about this heartbreaking topic. If it was my baby, I know I would want them to try but at 22 weeks there chance of survival is 0%. Exceptions to the rule occur, but the official status is that trying before that time will only prolong death, not offer life. They are just not able to survive, and no-one would want them to suffer. This bubba is the utter exception to the rule, but they do assess babies on their chances and if they are large for dates, ect, more will be done.

No doctor or nurse would want to watch something so heartbreaking as seeing a little babe die. To suggest they would not intervene (other than to make the baby comfortable) when there could be a chance is unfair. It must be horrible for them just as it is heartbreaking for everyone. But they don't make this stuff up, it isn't done for punishment. They do it with the babes best interests at heart. It hurts though, so bad, to even consider it.
couldn't agree more.

it's a horrible situation.

from what i've read of this story though, this baby was actually almost 24 weeks gestational age. there was confusion over her foetal/gestational age in the beginning, which is why it says she was nearly 22 weeks, not 24 (as she was).



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Old May 16th, 2010, 13:28 PM   48
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thank you for sharing your story and sorry for your losses

I guess its a hard desicion to make for the medics and for the parents when faced with a situation like that and its never going to be a straight cut situation, none of us want to be in that position and the op was probably an exeption to the rule in line with the statisics- abeit still a miricale



 
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Amazing I am glad for her and her parents I know each day was a rollercoaster but the rid was worth it.



 
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