New research has prompted the question of whether babies born at 24 weeks or less should be resuscitated and Shepparton paediatrician Peter Eastaugh said the choice should always be there.By John Lewis
A Shepparton paediatrician believes parents should always be given the option to keep even the tiniest premature babies alive, despite a new Australian study showing they may face a lifetime of disability.
Researchers at Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital found during a six-year period from 2005 to 2010, no baby born below 24 weeks and weighing 500
The findings prompted research team doctors to question whether extremely small babies born at 24 weeks or younger should be resuscitated.
Shepparton paediatrician Dr Peter Eastaugh agreed babies born under 24 weeks faced a struggle.
‘‘There’s no doubt that if you’re born at 23 weeks you’re not going to do well at all,’’ Dr Eastaugh said.
However, he said parents should always be given the choice to resuscitate.
Mum Terri-Anne Simmons has shared her story with The News – her son Hunter Gazzard was born at 24 weeks and weighed just 577g – slightly more than a tub of butter.
For more, see tomorrow’s Shepparton News.
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