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Premature baby was not put on ventilator

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:963

There is to be an enquiry into the case of a premature baby born at 23 weeks' gestation who was not placed on a ventilator because the doctor decided she was “not viable.”

Mrs Kirsty Cassidy gave birth to a baby girl weighing 1 lb 4 oz (567 g) on 9 September at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine and maintains she was 25 weeks into the pregnancy. She says the baby was breathing for at …

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