Good Morning America had a feature about a "miracle" baby that just went home from the hospital. She was 15 ounces and is now TWO YEARS OLD and finally going home. She is trached, vented, and appears to be severely developmentally delayed. The thing that bothers me is that they're very excited to show this baby at home and the mom is talking about how WRONG the doctors were that told her the baby would never live, etc. They're calling her a miracle and going on and on about how wonderful it is.
I just don't think this is the kind of thing I'd call a miracle. I mean, it does give a more realistic view about what saving a micropreemie means sometimes compared to those true miracle babies that were 300 grams and are now doing absolutely fine. But something about this news story just really really bothers me.
(If the video doesn't come up, type "miracle baby" in the search box and it'll be the first video - don't know why the link doesn't always work...)
May 5, '07
I know I'm not quoting this exactly, but when the anchorwoman said, "I know there is a respirator and feeding tube going, and a few other things, but she looks soooo healthy!" I thought I would scream.
This child is anything BUT normal and healthy. If the article accurately portrayed her condition, I wouldn't feel so strongly, but it completely glossed over her obvious disabilities that will probably be life-long. How sad that the reporting is inaccurate, and will likely give false impressions to the millions of people who watched it.
The baby appeared to have poor motor control of her head and extremities, little strength in her trunk, made no eye contact, and did not seem to respond purposely to voices or sound. Add that to her chronic lung disease and feeding issues, and try and convince me that she has quality of life. Thank God her mother loves her. I believe she will be well-cared-for, but shudder to think that other parents will be "encouraged" by this article.
SOMEONE PLEASE show this to the parents awaiting sextuplets. Or don't, they may agree with the ditzy anchorwoman that this baby is fine.
Last edit by Jolie on May 5, '07
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