Law: A Family's Decision

Atlanta Journalist Roger Witherspoon and his wife Cynthia lost their first child, a daughter, in childbirth. A year and a half later, when Cynthia prematurely went into labor with their son Dax after only 22 weeks of pregnancy, the obstetrician warned them that the infant's lungs had almost certainly not developed enough for survival. Extraordinary measures could be tried if the parents wished to subject the baby to the process. Witherspoon's account of their decision:

I had seen the neonatal intensive-care units, big, immaculate rooms with stainless-steel-and-glass machines called Ohio beds, which cradled the premature infants. They were miniature people whose arms...

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