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Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Second Trimester' started by sandrass, Dec 24, 2009.
what does viable mean exactly? lol
I asked the same thong nut got no response lets hope someone answers lol x
Its considered that the baby has a good chance of surviving outside the womb, its about 40-50% chance..it increases each week after 24. The youngest baby to be born and survive was 22 weeks I think. xx
If born at 24 weeks, a baby's odds of survival is about 50%. Not sure if I personally consider that viable, as those who survive typically have long-term sequelae that are permanent, such as developmental delays, vision problems, lung problems and growth delays. Those who survive without sequelae are very lucky indeed, that early on!
I though it was the cut off date for when a baby is born prematurely will be teated by doctors. As in if born before this date the baby is seen as too young to survive outside the womb and is not treated.
Medically its considered the time a baby has a decent chance of survival (with medical intevention) if born... before 24 weeks a baby wouldnt be given life support by doctors if born, wheras after 24 weeks it would be treated..