Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Baby Dies and Doctors Do Nothing...

This is what happens when a culture denies that a child in it's mother's womb is actually a person. This is an absolutely heartbreaking story...

Premature baby dies as guidelines say he was born too early to save
Sarah Capewell watched her premature baby die after doctors refused to help him - because he was born two days too early for them to try to save him.

By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent
Published: 7:00AM BST 09 Sep 2009

Miss Capewell gave birth to a baby son when she was 21 weeks and 5 days into her pregnancy and pleaded with doctors and midwives to admit the newborn to a special care baby unit.
Staff at James Paget Hospital, in Gorleston, Norfolk, told her that if her son Jayden had been born two days later, at 22 weeks, they would have tried to help him.

She is now fighting for a change to guidance drawn up by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in 2006, and strengthened by advice published by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine last year, which says intensive care should never be given to babies below 22 weeks gestation, and rarely to those below 23 weeks.

She has created a website, Justice for Jayden, campaigning for changes, which has already attracted 5,000 members, including scores of women who have suffered a similar plight.
Medical guidance for NHS hospitals says the low chance of survival for babies born below 23 weeks means they should not be given interventions which could cause suffering.

A national study last year found 16 per cent survival at 23 weeks, compared with 47 per cent one week later.

Miss Capewell, 23, from Great Yarmouth had previously suffered five miscarriages and had a complicated pregnancy with bleeding almost throughout.

Last October, at 21 weeks and four days, she went into labour.
Miss Capewell says her increasingly desperate pleas to assist her baby were met with a brusque response from doctors, who said she should consider the labour as a miscarriage, rather than a birth.

After asking doctors to consider his human right to life, she claims she was told: "He hasn't got a human right, he is a foetus".


  1. As the mom to a preemie and a micropreemie myself (under 2lbs. 25 years ago) this is especially disgusting. The situation could have been handled much more sensitively. No, Jayden's long-term survival odds were not good, but every day would have been so precious for his parents, instead of being forever scarred with the memory of ill treatment. :(


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