Monday, July 10, 2017

One Pound Baby Helps Pro-Life Cause


By Charlie Butts
One News Now

Scientific advances in treating babies with medical conditions demanding surgery are growing more and more impressive.

A case in point is a premature baby born in India at 28 weeks. Typically, at that stage, a baby weighs about two pounds but this one weighed in at only one pound.

Dr. John Pierce, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Liberty University, explains what had to be done to help the baby with its difficulty in breathing.
“When a baby's born that way, it poses many problems in prematurity,” Pierce says, “but this baby was born with what we call patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and needed surgery to help the baby survive.”
PDA is a congenital heart defect.

At one pound, the baby would fit in the palm of one’s hand. Surgeons used specialized miniature equipment for the delicate but successful surgery.

Premature babies as early as 23 weeks are living and Pierce is amazed at what modern medicine can do at those earlier stages of life.
“Obviously the ability of babies to survive at younger ages has come down over the last 5, 10, 20 years,” he says. “That is remarkable to see and gives us great encouragement because the outcomes, even though they can be very difficult, are getting better and better when babies are born prematurely.”
Some states ban abortions at 20 weeks, however, and Dr. Pierce says it's hard to understand saving babies at earlier stages on one side of the hospital while ones about the same size are being aborted across the hall.

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.

Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  

National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call or text 610-626-4006  

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit  

No comments:

Post a Comment