Friday, June 20, 2008

NICU

This is a blog that I cut and pasted off of our friends Jason and Val's blog. I have a link to their blog on my main page "Tyler." I was apalled at the comments that were written regarding this article. Some people can be so heartless and could care less about others misfortune until of course it happens to them. Feel free to check out Jason and Val's blog as they have the link to the article along with a link to the comments. http://jasonandval.blogspot.com/2008/06/million-dollar-babies.html
Million Dollar Babies
In this week's Business Week there is an interesting article on the cost of saving preemies in the US. It says that $26 billion a year are spent for NICUs to save the lives of preemies (those born less than 37 weeks), which account for about 13% of all births. Of course, this story hits home for us since we've gone through a pretty rough course with Tyler over the past 2 years--and counting.

What's interesting are the comments on the article, especially those arguing that the money can be better spent on saving less critically ill children (i.e., that it's better to spend the money to save 10 lives than to save one), or that parents should let preemies go because they are suffering and won't have "quality of life." I'd like to see if these people still think that if this situation ever happens to them. It's easy to judge from afar, but don't pass judgement unless you've walked a mile in my shoes.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would not have done anything different. I love my little guy and would spend all the money in the world to help him and if I had to work 24hrs/day 7/wk so be it.

Sam is the best thing that ever happened to me and while I wish things were different re his healt, I still rush home every night to be with him, smile with him and play with him.

On to Duke!!!

Nicole said...

People are disgusting. I wonder if they have any kids or have ever even been pregnant. If so, I feel bad for their kids.
Nicole S.