These are statistics based upon Liam's weight, gestational age, twin birth and lack of steroids before birth. Not very positive are they?
640 grams is equal to 1 lb 5 ounces. And of course, Liam was mechanically ventilated for 8 weeks before coming off the support and going straight to a cannula for added oxygenation.
If I had known these statistics, I would have fought to keep my little boys in longer. Or I would have seen if Liam could have been birthed and then Brady allowed longer time to develop. I wasn't given any options. Unfortunately, I'll never know, but I do know that there are options.
Based on the following characteristics:
|Gestational Age (Best Obstetric Estimate in Completed Weeks):||23 weeks|
|Birth Weight:||640 grams|
Estimated outcomes* for infants in the NRN sample are as follows:
|Outcomes||Outcomes for All Infants||Outcomes for Mechanically Ventilated Infants|
|Survival Without Profound Neurodevelopmental Impairment||9%||13%|
|Survival Without Moderate to Severe Neurodevelopmental Impairment||4%||6%|
|Death or Profound Neurodevelopmental Impairment||91%||87%|
|Death or Moderate to Severe Neurodevelopmental Impairment||96%||94%|