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Premature baby survival rates

11th April 2008

Survival rates for very premature babies have not improved over the past decade, according to a major study.

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The Epicure 2 study analysed all severely premature births in England in 2006 and compared their survival outcomes with those born in 1995.

It found that babies born above 24 weeks gestation were likely to have a better chance of survival than in the past but there had been no significant improvement in survival of babies born before 24 weeks, which is the current legal time limit for abortion.

Figures show that in 2006 there were about 1,300 live births before 26 weeks gestation with 952 babies surviving long enough to be admitted into neonatal intensive care. Of this group 52% survived compared with 40% in 1995, with significant improvements above 24 weeks gestation.

Neonatal paediatrician Professor Kate Costeloe from Barts and the London NHS Trust collated the data to be presented to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s annual meeting.

She said: “There has been a statistically significant increase in survival at 24 and 25 weeks, but not at 23 weeks.?

She said it was particularly challenging to care for babies born before 24 weeks, because their lungs and brains had not developed properly.

MPs reduced the abortion time limit from 28 to 24 weeks in 1990 as a result of research which showed improvements in foetal viability. Campaigners and MPs believe there is no evidence to further reduce that limit, although the pro-life group Comment on Reproductive Ethics disagrees.

 

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Anonymous

Saturday 7th November 2009 @ 10:14

my baby born at27 weeks excellent lungs and heart....but died 7 weeks later .....it took her 7 1/2 hours to die as her heart was very strong...she died due to a neonatal infection, kidney failure + brain hemmorage scale 4. Doctors told me to let her go....babies went home who were born at 24 weeks.. 28 weeks and 30 weeks..side effect small in body..and slight hearing defects......one of the babies is perfect...not all people are lucky our baby died .........


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