Jun 30 2009
We have been blessed with a set of beautiful twin girls – identical except one has genetic challenge. We also have to wonderful older children. DJStrata, our first, posts here often. And SJStrata who I am proud to announce has made it through Marine boot camp and the school of Infantry. Each was a gift. But the twins were a challenge because of the genetic challenge. about 20 weeks into the pregnancy the growth of one of the twins slowed down. We (as in LJStrata) were on regular sonograms to keep track of there status. At 32 weeks the one had stopped growing all together and was in distress.
That required a premature delivery where one twin was 3 pounds, 13 ounces and the other was 1 pound, 7 ounces. Thanks to preventive steroids they had Apgar scores of 9.0 and 9.5. But the smaller twin was in critical condition and, if not for the extra monitoring, might not have made it and risked the other twin’s life. I share this story because I would not want to trade this nation’s current health care system for the crap they have in Canada and the UK for anything:
A critically-ill premature-born baby from Hamilton is all alone in a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital after she was turned away for treatment at local facility and transferred across the border without her parents, who donâ€™t have passports.
Ava Stinson was born Thursday at St. Josephâ€™s Hospital, 14 weeks premature.
A provincewide search for an open neonatal intensive care unit bed came up empty, leaving no choice but to send the two pound, four ounce baby to Buffalo.
This is Obamacare, where the critical cases better get on with dyingÂ in order to save the rest of us some money. As Ed Morrissey notes the real tragedy is not the fact the parents need to get a passport to visit their new child. The real tragedy is the rationed health care system in the modern (and reasonably wealthy) country to our north was so inadequate that the child had to be sent here for care. Our girls spent 3 and 10 weeks in the NICU growing and stabilizing to the point we could take them home with a pair of breathing monitors (that’s a lot to cart around).Â
Looking back I am damn glad we had them in this country under the current system. They may not have survived a national health care system – where apparently only the strong are worthy of surviving. Because they are cheaper to care for.