Monday, January 5, 2015

Contrasting attitudes to life and death

The season of Christmas is about the coming of Christ as a baby, but finding no room at the inn and being hunted by Herod who wanted to kill Him.
In Ireland, Christmas 2014 saw a court battle following the death of a mother, as to whether an unborn baby could be kept alive using life support and delivered in due course. In the event the courts decided to terminate the life support allowing the baby to die. Sadly there was no room at the inn.

The tragic incident was once again used by the pro-abortion forces and media to argue for the removal of  Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution in order to eliminate all remaining restrictions on abortion in Ireland.

A similar story occurred recently in Milan with a very different outcome.
The Daily Telegraph reported in December that doctors in Milan delivered a baby boy by Caesarean section to a woman who was declared clinically dead two months earlier.

The Telegraph article reads

A baby boy has been delivered by Caesarean operation to an Italian woman who was declared clinically dead two months ago.

The 36-year-old woman from Milan suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in October, during her 23rd week of pregnancy.

After being taken to hospital, she was pronounced clinically dead and there were fears for her unborn child.

But doctors at San Raffaele hospital in Milan managed to keep her on life support, feeding the developing foetus through a tube inserted in the mother's stomach.

Against all the odds, the baby boy was born on Thursday by Caesarean operation, in the woman's 32nd week of pregnancy.

Doctors had wanted to reach at least the 28th week of pregnancy to ensure the baby had the best chance of survival. A normal pregnancy lasts between 38 and 40 weeks.

Hospital staff said the baby, who weighed 1.8kg, was in good health.

Immediately after the birth, the woman's relatives gave doctors permission to remove her organs and for them to be donated for transplants.

"While we are very happy that the baby has been born we cannot forgot the pain that the family is feeling over the loss of this young woman," doctors said in a statement.