Medicine: Helping Hand for the Newborn

A bold experiment in regional care reduces infant mortality

Mary Herrera, a Glendora, Calif., housewife, had long been discouraged from having babies. She had under gone open-heart surgery at age 8, and the physicians feared that her heart might not be able to withstand the strain of pregnancy. Yet, at 31, she has just given birth to her second child at Los Angeles County Harbor General Hospital. The infant boy weighs only 2 Ibs, and is being kept in an incubator, but he is given a good chance to survive. Says Herrera of her doctors...

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