19 September 2009

Staggering statistics

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:

Estimated outcomes* for infants in the NRN sample are as follows:

Outcomes Outcomes for All Infants Outcomes for Mechanically Ventilated Infants
Survival 17% 25%
Survival Without Profound Neurodevelopmental Impairment 9% 13%
Survival Without Moderate to Severe Neurodevelopmental Impairment 4% 6%
Death 83% 75%
Death or Profound Neurodevelopmental Impairment 91% 87%
Death or Moderate to Severe Neurodevelopmental Impairment 96% 94%

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Only the Sheppards said...

Wow. Just... wow.

Anonymous said...


Thought you might be interested in this for Brady...

Still praying for you guys!