Viability is now cosidered to start at 24 weeks; however, there are a few cases of babies surving outside the womb after 22 weeks (5.1%). The record at 23 weeks is much better, nationally about 30% though one hospital claims 60%.*
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Dr Peter Saunders, of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said: ‘If there is a chance a baby can survive without overwhelming and catastrophic injury, then we owe it to each child to give them a chance of life.’ **
I wonder what it costs to keep a baby born at 22 weeks alive (or even 24 weeks for that matter).** I am ignorant on what it takes to keep a premature baby alive, but it seems like all must be resuscitated? Among things that need to be done are intubation (putting a tube into the body), ventilation, and special medications to improve lung functioning.*** Probably $100,000 is good minimum figure? Lucas Moore was in the hospital for 101 days. Fortunately, the number of these cases seems to be small, in the hundreds and not the thousands.
In 78 per cent of cases, babies were not given such treatment, and none survived.
But among the 78 cases who were given assistance, 18 survived, the study in the New England Journal of Medicine found. Of those 11 were left with moderate or severe impairments, including blindness, deafness and cerebral palsy.***
I want to make a strong argument that this overstates the data and we are nowhere near such a debate.****
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