Essay on The Controversies Of Extreme Preemies

754 Words Mar 31st, 2015 4 Pages
The Controversies of Extreme Preemies
Of all the babies that are admitted to NICUs, prematurely born children seem to be the most controversial. The controversy begins because sometimes parents must make an agonizing ethical choice of whether or not to keep their child alive when machines or the only thing doing so. Every life is worth trying to save, but there may be a point, financially, physically, and mentally, when the survival of preemies may be doing more harm than good to both the child and their parents. There are many studies and expert opinions that back the idea of going to great lengths to save the lives of extremely premature babies. It should be noted that when it comes to the controversy over ethics, “A large majority of the parents in all countries (93 to 100 percent) considered the physician’s opinion in decisions regarding resuscitation status” (Baer & Nelson, 2007). Thus, it is not only the parent’s choice to cut or continue life support, but an expert’s opinion as well. With that, many children do not survive, but for those who do, their parents are truly grateful. In an article by Gaby Hinsliff (2006), a mother gave birth to her child at 23 weeks of pregnancy (only a 1% survival chance). Her child spent 139 days in an NICU and now lives a completely normal life with only limited hearing. The mother states, “I don 't believe there should be a deadline on anybody 's offer of intensive care: babies need to be shown a chance.” Her situation ended with a…

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