Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Updated: Baby born at 23 weeks dies because she was 'one week too early'

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A heartbroken mum who tried for five years to get pregnant told yesterday how a hospital let her premature baby die - because she was born one week too early.

Latisha Brown and husband Robert, 30, begged staff to put daughter Alexis in a special care incubator after she was born at home at 23 weeks. Alexis, who weighed 1lb 1oz and was 28cms long, was breathing, kicking and waving her arms when taken to hospital on June 26.

But a midwife at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said there was nothing they could do. Alexis clung on to life for two hours without any medical help before she died. Guidelines say babies born less than 24 weeks into pregnancy should not be resuscitated.

Nursery nurse Latisha, 23, from Attleborough, Norfolk, said: "I can't understand why they just left her to die."

The hospital said: "There was no question of survival for such a premature baby."
Source: The Daily Mirror.

2 comments:

Professional Web Promotion said...

That's rubbish. I've heard of younger babies surviving i.e. 22 weeks. They should have at least tried.

I feel so sorry for the family.

23weeks said...

That is so sad, because I know first hand that a 23 week preemie is viable!