Wednesday, August 06, 2008
High Court Rejects Couple's Plea To Abort 25-Week-Old Fetus
Last month, Niketa Mehta, 31, her husband, Haresh, and their gynecologist, Dr. Nikhil Dattar, petitioned the court to allow an abortion.
During the 20 week ultrasound it was seen that the baby had a complete congenital heart blockage and malpositioned arteries that could, doctors say, require a pacemaker implantation soon after birth.
The couple's lawyer, Amit Karkhanis, says they can't afford to pay for the frequent change of pacemaker that the fetus' condition would require.
I have watching this story for over a week now wonder which way it was going go.
I know that when this baby arrives it's spirit will make this couple forget all of the medical care he/she will need. Babies have a funny way of doing that.It is worth noting that a 25 week-old fetus has a 65% chance of survival out of the womb. This baby would be born with it's eyes open and could possible take a breath on it's own...It will be interesting to see how healthy the baby is when it arrives.