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    ...and I'm basing my comments on what I learned while working in the OB department earlier in my career...is that once the membranes have been ruptured for 24 hours or more, the chance of infection goes up exponentially. Since she presented, apparently, with membranes already ruptured, who knows how long they had been that way. Also there is a misconception that most or all miscarriages are either due to an incompetent cervix or are nature's way of getting rid of a fetus that is somehow damaged, but some number of them are actually due to maternal infection. So she was already at risk for infection and may have even had an infection and borderline sepsis when she came into the hospital. In this country, once the fetus was determined not be viable, she would likely have either been put on a pitocin drip to speed things along if she were already in active labor, or she'd have had a D&C, which could be construed as an abortion. In either case, she'd have been on massive doses of antibiotics for the infection. It seems to me that, at the very least, these doctors are guilty of horrible malpractice, not to mention unbelievable cruelty, for essentially doing nothing for 4 days while she got worse and worse. Then when they finally decided to do something, it was too late. It's very mean of me, but I hope they all have terrible nightmares and suffer guilt for the rest of their lives.

    IMNSHO, politicians have no business making ANY decisions about women's health care. None. That is practicing medicine without a license in my book. The same goes for the church. Any church. I will not make any comments about the politicians being male, but you are welcome to infer them.

    Being "pro-life" means you believe that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 05:11:14 PM PST

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