Earliest surviving preemie to stay in hospital – Kids & Parenting – MSNBC.com

I don’t often quote a complete article – but I needed to this time so I can make my point.  Look at the highlighted text – it’s all duplicated numerous times in this article.  This is written by “professional journalists” and presumably it’s been seen by an editor!

I’ve long noticed that MSNBC has some really redundant crappy writing – but this is by far the worse example I have ever seen.

To me is shows a lack of respect for their readers – do they honestly believe we can afford to waste our time reading the same information three times in one damned article?

MIAMI – A premature baby who doctors said spent less time in the womb than any other surviving infant will remain in a hospital a few extra days as a precaution, officials said Tuesday.

Amillia Sonja Taylor, born Oct. 24 after just under 22 weeks in the womb, had been expected to be sent home Tuesday.

Barbara Moore, spokeswoman for Baptist Children’s Hospital, said she did not have details on why doctors changed their minds about releasing the infant.

Doctors say Amillia is the first baby known to have survived after a gestation of fewer than 23 weeks. She was just 9½ inches long and weighed less than 10 ounces when she was delivered by Caesarean section. Full-term births come after 37 to 40 weeks.

Amillia, the first child for Eddie and Sonja Taylor of Homestead, now weighs 4½ pounds.

She has suffered respiratory and digestive problems, as well as a mild brain hemorrhage, but doctors believe the health concerns will not have major long-term effects.

“Her prognosis is excellent,” said Dr. Paul Fassbach, who has cared for Amillia since her second day.

Amillia was conceived in vitro and has been in an incubator since birth. She will continue to receive a small amount of supplemental oxygen even after she goes home.

“We weren’t too optimistic,” Dr. William Smalling said Monday. “But she proved us all wrong.”

Neonatologists who cared for Amillia say she is the first baby known to survive after a gestation period of fewer than 23 weeks. A database run by the University of Iowa’s Department of Pediatrics lists seven babies born at 23 weeks between 1994 and 2003.

Amillia has experienced respiratory problems, a very mild brain hemorrhage and some digestive problems, but none of the health concerns are expected to pose long-term problems, her doctors said.

“We can deal with lungs and things like that but, of course, the brain is the most important,” Dr. Paul Fassbach said Monday. “But her prognosis is excellent.”

Baptist Hospital via AP file

We weren’t too optimistic,” Dr. William Smalling said about Amillia Sonja Taylor, seen here in October. “But she proved us all wrong.”

Amillia has been in an incubator since birth and has been receiving oxygen. She will continue getting a small amount of oxygen, and her breathing will be monitored once she leaves Baptist Children’s Hospital. She now is between 25 and 26 inches long and weighs 4½ pounds.

“She’s going to be in a normal crib, she’s going to have normal feedings, she’s taking all her feedings from a bottle,” Smalling said.

Amillia is the first child for Eddie and Sonja Taylor of Homestead. She was conceived by in vitro fertilization, which made it possible to pinpoint her exact time in the womb, and was delivered by Caesarean section.

Source: Earliest surviving preemie to stay in hospital – Kids & Parenting – MSNBC.com

Comments

  1. Deannie – you are right – that’s a MUCH better written article!

    Rob

  2. I have noticed this trend for some time and not just with this news outlet. I did wonder if this was the first child for this couple and if the prognosis would be good. Aren’t those the FIRST questions that ran through your mind? No?

    That picture is amazing though. How far we have come in preemie care.