Friday, March 14, 2014
LETTING BABIES DIE AT GHM?
This blog was meant to be more than just about the problems with the Archdiocese of Agana, and here's an example.
Isabella Stanley was born at 22 weeks at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Diego, California. Read the story here.
Both her and her parents were fortunate that she wasn't born on Guam. At GMH, she would/could have been been declared "non-viable" and left to die:
Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Nursing Services Policy and Procedure Manual, Policy # 6301-II-C-31.00, Sec. II:
WHICH NEWBORNS SHOULD RECEIVE COMFORT CARE? (i.e. let die).
A. Newborn (sic) at the threshold (sic) of viability, with extremely low...gestational ages, especially those with gestational ages of 25 weeks +/-
According to Guam Public Law 32-030, Guam has twice the infant mortality rate of the rest of the United States. Could it be that other places try a little harder to save their children?