Last night a young, pregnant woman presented to the hospital with headaches and severe hypertension. She was very sick and needed to have her baby delivered right away.
As the head popped out, it was obvious this was not a full-term pregnancy. The child appeared to be 10-12 weeks premature.
We brought the small baby to our neonatal unit and placed him under the warmer. After we stabilized him, I told the father, “Your baby was born very early and may not live…but the doctors downstairs needed to deliver him to protect the life of your wife.”
He smiled and remained quiet.
After a few hours, the child died. He just slowly stopped breathing. I approached the father and told him the news.
Without hesitation, he said, “No problem at all. Thank you for saving my wife. I hope we can have another one together.”