A story of rare, but possible, survival

Monday, July 23, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

21-week babyThe birth of a premature baby, now a healthy 3-year-old, is challenging doctors to rethink their position on helping and aiding the weakest in the womb.

The unnamed girl (pictured at right), born in Texas at just 14 ½ ounces and not expected to survive, is reportedly the most premature surviving baby ever.

The story of survival was published this month in the journal Pediatrics.

Doctors have been taught it's impossible to resuscitate an infant born that young, because survival is rare, but Dr. Wesley Earley, who handles neonatal resuscitation at a North Carolina hospital, says this healthy child proves that claim wrong.

"There's no reason not to try now," he tells OneNewsNow. "In my mind, there's an absolute obligation at this point to try to save that child's life through resuscitation, with whatever means we can provide, if we don't see any other reason not to."

Earley, a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, says few hospitals stock intubation tubes small enough to use to resuscitate babies at 21 weeks. That should change now, he says.

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