Preborn patients are people too, says OB-GYN

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

21-week babyTreating preborn babies for medical conditions has advanced to the extent that one doctor believes it leads to an unmistakable conclusion.

Dr. Bill Lile, a pro-life obstetrician and gynecologist in Florida, recently recorded a video marveling at the ability of modern medical professionals to treat babies in utero.

"One example is when the mom is sensitized to a blood type. The mother will have antibodies which will cross the placenta and start to attack the baby's blood, and the baby's blood count can get really low," Dr. Lile poses. "Well, when a baby's blood count gets low, sometimes the babies, if we don't do something, will pass away on the inside."

Lile

But doctors now have a method of penetrating the umbilical cord to give the baby a transfusion as early as 19 weeks into the pregnancy. Physicians in at least six hospitals now treat the preborn for a variety of problems.

"Children's Hospital of Philadelphia feels comfortable at 13 weeks gestation with their ultrasound imagining of a baby's heart to determine if they might need to do heart surgery on the baby on the inside," the OB-GYN notes.

Even spina bifida surgery has successfully been performed on preborn babies to close up an opening at the baby's spine.

Dr. Lile, who has delivered more than 4,000 babies in his career, says the fact that such surgeries and treatments are an option proves there are two patients -- the woman and her baby -- which means a preborn child is not a glob of tissue but a living human being.

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