My granddaughter was born at 23 weeks and six days. Yes, days are counted when a baby is that premature. A normal pregnancy is 40 weeks.
After an initial stay of one month at St. Vincent’s Hospital, she was transferred to Children’s Hospital, where she remained for seven months. She endured six surgeries and was on a ventilator from April 1998 until some time in July, a total of four months.
She could easily have had permanent lung problems, or asthma, or any related problem from having been on the ventilator that period of time.
Thankfully, she was given the drug for RSV prevention (I believe the name of the drug is Synagis) for two winters, and this drug had to be specially approved by her parents’ health insurance company. During her time at Children’s Hospital, I never heard of anyone being denied any medical care, regardless of finances. No child should ever be denied the care they need. God bless all of these precious children.
Sen. Gerald Dial should be commended for the stand he is taking for the premature children of this state. And letter writer Alan Hurst, you need to spend a few hours in the halls of Children’s Hospital.
Thank you doctors, nurses, Children’s Hospital and all the drug companies who develop medicines to save our lives.
By the way, you should know that Elizabeth, my granddaughter, will be 15 on April 10.