NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 08, 1985
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(Studio) Infant death rate at 1 hospital and ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) suit as result reported.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Oklahoma, Oklahoma) ACLU's allegations that different medical standards were used for spina bifida infants of different backgrounds at children's Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City hospital examined; number such infants dying there between 1978 and 1982 cited. [National Legal Center spokesperson James BOPP - claims doctors lied to parents.] Former head of hospital's spina bifida program quoted on screen regarding not sustaining lives of infants with economically pressed parents. [Hospital spokesperson Antonio PADILLA - denies econ. consideration in medical treatment.] [Sharon JOHNSON - explains insisting on surgery for son Sheldon.]
REPORTER: Mary Nissenson