Conflict of interest


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Abstract

I'm caring for a baby boy born at 24 weeks gestational age with a birth weight of 492 grams. His parents can't agree on what's best for their child. The baby's neonatologist and nurses have talked with the parents about the fact that an infant born this early is unlikely to survive. The baby's mother insisted on his resuscitation in the delivery room and life support in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where she spends long hours. The baby's father, who seems somewhat passive, rarely visits but has said he doesn't want to see his son continue to suffer.I also should mention that the baby's maternal grandparents have given a lot of money to our hospital and say they'll buy whatever technology is needed to keep their grandson alive. What should we do?—H.G., IND.

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