Monday, October 19, 2009

Mother Says Miss. Doctor Refused Care to Baby Girl Born at 22 Weeks

Necie Franklin of Flowood, Mississippi, told (LSN) that Dr. Kenny Robbins of River Oaks Hospital refused to treat daughter Jessa Mackenzie after she was born suddenly in May, because she was three days shy of 23 weeks gestation - at which point he would have considered treating her at the hospital's Level II neonatal intensive care unit.

Franklin said that Jessa gasped for breath twice while in her arms, but was told by nurses that it was "just a reaction" - leading her to believe the child had died. Only after Jessa had been taken away, says Franklin, did she learn that the child still had a heartbeat.

Franklin, who says she has lost a child to a premature birth before, said it "shocked" her when Robbins said he would not help Jessa breathe...
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1 comment:

Aussie Therese said...

I heard a story about a mother going into premature labor and telling the doctor that delivered her baby that she was 24 weeks pregnant even though she was only 23 weeks.

She knew that if she told them the truth they wouldn't offer any help to her baby and just let it die.

I know that lying is never justified but I think they need to change the way they look at premature babies. Each baby should be given a chance to live no matter how far the pregnancy has progressed. This we will not help a baby at 23 weeks but we will at 24 weeks is wrong.