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A Closer Look (Tough Choices: Premature Babies) #193686

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 05, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) "American Sociological Review" study findings on what happens to premature babies as they grow up outlined; statistics cited on survival rates and long-term problems rates for preemies.

(New York: Bill Blakemore) The issue of allowing very premature babies to survive examined; details given of the view that hospitals and doctors in essence experiment with "micropreemies." [Mother Carla MILLER - explains what the doctors told her about her daughter's prematurity and how the child has been "medically tortured."] [Neonatologist Dr. Deborah CAMPBELL - says each baby is unique despite the length of gestation.] [Hospital chaplain William POUND - questions experimenting with newborns.] [Neonatal nurse/mother Dianne MARONEY - talks about guidelines for premature babies.]

Blakemore, Bill;
Jennings, Peter

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