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Should premature babies, born before 23 weeks, be given medical treatment/assistance?

Asked by: aharrison
  • My granddaughter was born at 23 weeks, she didn't survive, she was placed on 100% oxygen and meds for blood pressure, she didn't survive.....Devastated

    Every baby should be given the chance at life! She was a very anticipated and loved baby, we as a family are devastated at her early arrival and subsequent passing. All efforts should be made to endure that these babies are cherished and provided the same medical treatment ad a full term baby.

  • They are human lives

    Of course they should be given medical treatment.
    It is our duty to save their lives, and we can do it.
    If we don't we are aborting the baby. And aborting a baby is a form of manslaughter/murder, for the convenience of the woman and man who fathered the child.

  • Yes, they have a right to live.

    Experiences from Japan, Germany, Austria, and some parts of Australia and the US show that with proper support, babies aged 22 weeks have a good chance of surviving. These countries believe that a life, no matter how young, is worth saving, and have thus improved their knowledge and experience in treating extremely premature babies.

  • 23 weeks is enough!

    Two days ago my son was born at 22 wks 6 days. They said he would not be able to survive and my husband held him for 3+ hrs while our baby slowly passed away. Our son, Eliseo, fought for his life from the very minute he was born. He was very developed and a bit above average for their estimated gestational age. He breathed, he attempted to cry out while we were helpless against his death because the doctors told us there was absolutely nothing they could do. I don't understand. If he was able to fight for more than 3 hrs on his own, why weren't they able to help him?

  • Is this a serious question?

    Any baby that is born, regardless of how many weeks gestation prior to birth should be given a chance to survive. That's just silly. It's one thing to decide to pull the plug if the child is suffering with no hope of life...But to make NO effort is wrong. Babies can survive at 20 weeks...To stand there and look at a baby born at 22 weeks and saying "Welp, forget this one. If he/she had waited seven more days THEN we would do something." is foolish.

  • Yes, they are entitled.

    If a baby is born prematurely, at any age, everything should be done to afford that child a chance at life, and it would be against medical beliefs to not assist medically. If people start believing that age is an arbitrary standard as to whether or not to offer medical assistance, then we're all in trouble.

  • Things happen that are out of pregnant woman's control.

    It would not be fair to ask a mother to give up on her child just because he/she was born early. Some woman have complications that they are unaware of before they become pregnant. Sometimes those complications may cause her to go into premature labor and have a baby early.Things happen, That is just a fact of life, But giving up is not human.

  • Yes, premature babies should be given medical treatment, no matter how premature

    Premature babies, even ones born before 23 weeks, should be given medical treatment, even though they are unlikely to survive. There are plenty of examples and stories of children being born very premature, and still growing up to be healthy, normal children, with no major health concerns later in life. It's presumptuous to assume that, simply because the outcome looks bleak, doctors and parents should just immediately give up on premature babies. If the baby dies after treatment, then yes, the baby was never meant to live, but what of those babies who survive? It's impossible to know if the premature baby born will survive or not with treatment, so the most humane thing to do is at least try to keep it alive. Not treating it would be like not treating a cancer patient, just because said patient has very advanced cancer; the patient may survive, even if it looks bad, so the patient deserves treatment. If a doctor isn't doing everything he can to make sure a pair of parents have a healthy, lively child years down the road, then that doctor isn't upholding the Hippocratic oath to which he swore.

  • Yes, they are entitled.

    If a baby is born prematurely, at any age, everything should be done to afford that child a chance at life, and it would be against medical beliefs to not assist medically. If people start believing that age is an arbitrary standard as to whether or not to offer medical assistance, then we're all in trouble.

  • No, it is a waste of resources to provide medical support to those born before 23 weeks.

    No, a premature child born prior to the 23rd week of pregnancy should not be given medical treatment. A child born at this time is more likely to die earlier in life. They are also likely to experience numerous medical and developmental problems. Providing medical support to these babies does more harm than benefit.

  • No. It would be futile.

    Babies born before 23 weeks have a less than 1% chance of survival, and that's only with intensive medical treatment. Virtually all babies born before 23 weeks will be severely mentally and/or physically disabled and would have pretty much no chance of ever being productive members of society. As heartbreaking as it must be for the parents, it would be more humane to let these micro-preemies die in peace.

  • They would suffer and have severe problems their entire life IF they lived longer than their time in the NICU

    Babies before 25 weeks should not be resuscitated for the reasons given above. Many of these babies die in the neonatal period and the rest go on to suffer severe motor, respiratory and other problems that they bear through their entire short lives. Sad as it is, no resuscitation before 25 weeks gestation


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