Hospital under new scrutiny after Trump exec. order

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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21-week babyThe federal government is taking action against an Ohio hospital accused of allowing newborn twins to die even while the mother pleaded for their lives.

The alleged incident took place three years ago, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, located in Columbus, and action is now being taken against the hospital after President Trump signed an executive order last week ordering hospitals to provide medical care to babies born prematurely.

Mark Harrington of Created Equal says the mother, Amanda Finnerock, gave birth to twin boys Emery and Elliot at 22 weeks and five days. Doctors predicted the boys would be stillborn or would die shortly after birth, but both were born alive and the hospital is accused of failing to provide help in its neonatal intensive care unit.

Hippocratic OathAccording to the mother, Riverside hospital staff had advised her there would be no attempt to resuscitate the twins if they were born before 22 weeks and five days. Elliot, who was born second and was larger than his brother, survived for more than two hours while the mother pleaded for help.

“Your guys are gonna save him, right?” Finnerock is seen asking in a video. “Promise me: save him.”

“If you watch the video,” Harrington says, “it’s excruciating to watch as they stand by and are unwilling to resuscitate or even give the typical, normal care you would give an infant.”

The action by Health and Human Services comes after Created Equal sued on behalf of the mother.


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