Our doctors say viability is 24 weeks, but there are cases where babies survive before that.
In a quick tour of the internet yesterday I found this article that sums up the stage we are in reasonably well. It references this study: Neurologic and Developmental Disability at Six Years of Age after Extremely Preterm Birth. Both articles cover from now until 26 weeks (5 weeks from now).
- 41 percent of the extremely premature group have severe or moderate mental impairment at six years of age
- 20 percent of the children had no problems, while 22 percent had severe disability, such as severe cerebral palsy (children not walking), very low cognitive scores, blindness or profound deafness
- The proportion of children with cerebral palsy with severe or moderate motor disability was 12 percent, and 24 percent had moderate disability, such as cerebral palsy (but walking), IQ/cognitive scores in the special-needs range, or lesser degrees of visual or hearing impairment
- one-third (34 percent) had problems considered mild, such as wearing glasses, a squint or low/normal cognitive scores
So when you sum it up, reads like if the baby is born before 26 weeks and survives, he has a 50/50 chance at severe disability.
Herricle is a pretty active baby; he is much more active than Lauren was. But he's a boy so maybe they just are more active in general.
We are hopeful that he's a fighter and if he is one of these extreme preemies he can survive and thrive.
My general philosophy on life is influences by a couple general thoughts:
- You make our own luck.
- Do your best with the cards you get dealt.
This philosophy has mostly been applied to my work life tho so it may need some adapting.
My mother is happy I go to church more often now. Maybe that will end up being a more prominent part of my philosophy :)