What Is a Parent to Do?: The Case of Baby G

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 58 (3):320-321 (2015)
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Born at 24 weeks gestation, Baby G now lies in a neonatal intensive care unit two months post-birth. He has pulmonary hypoplasia, congenital scoliosis, and swallowing issues that will require placement of a feeding tube, and bowel dystonia that interferes with his ability to absorb feedings. Shortly after birth, he experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest and now has obvious neurological impairments. As a result of incomplete development of his lungs and severe chronic lung disease, he cannot breathe on his own. Because of his chronic respiratory failure, tracheostomy and long-term assisted ventilation was offered as an option that would allow him to be discharged from the acute care setting. However, his congenital..

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Cheryl Lew
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