Infant born at 21 weeks and 4 days healthy survives when it was suggested that she should not be resuscitated
Which is the best interests standard to extremely premature infants? The case of these children is a ray of hope for early premature infants life expectations, 15 million by year worldwide
According to an article published in Pediatrics, a baby born at 21 weeks and 4 days of pregnancy has survived and is healthy at 3 years old. When the child was born, it was suggested that she should not be resuscitated, due to the foreseeable side effects that she might have if she survived.
Dr. Kaashif Ahmad, told the mother that her daughter had very little chance of surviving, so he was not in favor of resuscitating her.
The neonatologist who treated her, Dr Kaashif Ahmad, told the mother that her daughter had very little chance of surviving, so he was not in favor of resuscitating her; however, the mother insisted, and the doctor agreed. The newborn spent 126 days in the neonatal intensive care unit before being discharged because her health was considered good, continuing thus up to her last checkup at 3 years old. It is medically acknowledged that such premature infants have little likelihood of survival but high likelihood of having negative side effects.
However, the case of this child is a ray of hope for these early premature infants. According to the World Health Organization, 15 million infants are born prematurely every year worldwide, 500 000 in Europe and 29 000 in Spain.