On December 18, 2008, in Zhu Ma Dian City, China, Yu Lan Zhou’s pregnant daughter-in-law, who was only 7 months pregnant, gave birth to a preterm baby boy in a local clinic.
Born way too early, he weighed only 1.4lbs at delivery and could not breathe properly on his own. The newborn boy’s heartbeat was very weak and his arms and legs were the size of an adult’s fingers.
The clinic suggested that the family take the baby to a hospital for immediate medical attention.
Zhou took her grandson to a local military hospital, but they refused to admit the baby when she could not come up with the required advance payment of 10,000 yuan, about $1,500.
In tears, Zhou held her grandson to her chest and returned to her home, which has none of the badly needed medical equipment to keep her grandson alive.
At home, with no incubator, no oxygen tubes, and no medication, Zhou holds her grandson against her chest to keep him warm against the cold, which sometimes gets below freezing in her house. To help the boy breath, she gently blows air near his face and struggles to feed him.
â€œI can only use a dropper to feed him because his mouth is too small to suck on any bottles, and it takes an hour to feed him in the beginning, now he can slowly suck on his own,â€ she said happily.
With Zhou’s loving care, her grandson has lived 11 days now at her home.
“For a preterm baby this small to live this long without intensive care has to be a miracle,” said a Pediatrician from the Hong Kong Chinese University.
There is no way to tell if the baby will survive another day without proper medication and as of today, we have heard no news of the baby being admitted to any hospital.
Edit: Reports indicate that because of the publicity the story had, many people from all over the world offered to send money to cover the medical costs.
The local hospital also agreed to admit the baby on the evening of the 28th, but the weather was too cold to move the fragile baby.
Unfortunately the boy was not strong enough to make it to the hospital and passed away at 4:00 am on the 29th. Reports indicate the boy passed due to lack of oxygen.
p.o.s hospital,to put money before a childs life.what happened to “do no harm”?or dont their hospitals believe in saving lives of poor people?
Put your money where your mouth is, nunya. Medicine ain’t free.
It is in France.
But you have to understand this is rural China. So don't judge.
I swear if I had the money, I would seek out cases like this to help,where is the generosity in this world,? when it comes to a critical infant ?where are all the millionaires ?She wasn’t even asking,Whats $1500 to someone who can afford it…Shame on humanity.
why doesn’t someone start a fund?
i would send a couple of bucks to save a tiny baby and maybe make things better for that family. what is giving up a mickey d’s meal for a day gonna hurt any of us?
shame on that hospital, i hope it was not an american military h ospital.
This doesnt make sense its all over the news about a women giving birth to a 14 lbs baby but, no news on this tiny infant who is struggling to breath and live, this infant has no chance unless something is done immediately. This should be on the news, in the newspapers getting full media attention, there is slim chance that this lil one has any possible chance of surviving. Their are many good people, Drs, and hospital that would step up to the plate and help this child if there were aware of the situation. If this had been given half the attention the above infant received, I believe this baby would have been taken care not long after birth.
How do they call themselves a hospital when they refuse to save a friggin baby’s life? Do they also charge dead people for the attempted resuscitation??
“On December 18, 2008, in Zhu Ma Dian City, China, Yu Lan Zhouâ€™s 7 month old pregnant daughter-in-law gave birth to a preterm baby boy in a local clinic.”
Does anyone else read this as “Yu Lan Zhou”s daughter-in-law is 7 months old?
And this 7 month old gave birth to this baby?
It may be that I’m up too late tonight after a birthday party… But I’m sure that’s what it reads.
Yes, you’re up way too late, it said she was 7 months pregnant not 7 months OLD.
This story dosn’t sound right. I can’t believe that the entire family couldn’t have helped out with the money. Where was the son, and daughter?
WHERE’S THE MOTHER??????
This story leaves out that very important fact. I can’t help but wonder if the mother died in childbirth as so often happens in lots of other countries. Sounds like the grandmother did her best for that poor little boy.
It’s China, often there may be many people living in one house all earning just a little. We add in some 1 child policy and the family isn’t so large, the earnings aren’t great and we end up with not enough money to pay for it even if they pooled all their funds.
Long live the socialist People’s Republic. Let’s remember all the heroes who died so the proletariat can enjoy the fruits of their labor without classism and capitalist exploitation.
Medical care is not free anywhere. In France (and a number of other countries, such as the UK) it is paid for through taxes, not at point-of-use.
Premature babies frequently die, even in these countries, even with medical care. No matter what the age of the patient, it is always a source of grief when someone dies who might have been helped through better care.
We should remember though, that hospitals in poor countries have reason to set firm policies on advance payment. If they do not consistently demand payment, they may be swamped with people unable to pay, and run out of funds and close, helping no one.
how many american military hospitals do you think there are in china?
oh my gosh that’s so sad
i can’t believe the hospital wouldn’t admit that poor little baby :[
talk some sense