Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Home and Healthy, the 20oz baby
When Millie McDonagh was born almost four months premature, doctors put her chances of survival at one in a hundred.
Lately, there have been a lot of micro preemies in the news. What people do not know is that most hospitals have an NICU that is probably close to capacity, a good portion of the time. Unless you have had a premature baby or you are a friend of someone who has had a preemie you would not be given access to these little fighters. Every so often the news of these babies makes it into the mainstream media and the world is shocked at how a baby that is so small could survive. The dedicated doctors and nurses spend endless hours taking special care of these precious babies along with the parents who set up vigils at the bedside.
For all those people who think that all of the funding and resources should not be given to a department with such a high chance of disability, you should just visit the NICU once. No one can ever comment on something they have never experienced. Once you see such a small being fighting for everything they have, your perception of life changes.