A Swedish study over several decades has revealed some great news concerning premature babies – infants who once were expected to have medical and mental problems, including digestive difficulties, asthma, other breathing problems, and more. The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence of survival into adulthood among those born preterm vs. full-term.
Dr. John Pierce is with the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a spokesman for the Christian Medical Association. He reports to OneNewsNow the survival rate across the various categories of premature babies in the study, the earliest 22 to 27 weeks.
"Fifty-five percent [of those born preterm] survived and did well into adulthood without any big medical complications," he observes. "That compares really pretty favorably with babies who are born to term who had a chance of 63 percent who didn't have medical problems."
Today's medical science, according to Pierce, is one of the reasons for the survival rate – but not the only one.
"We as doctors don't have all the answers to be able to say this is what's going to happen," he acknowledges, "but when you look at kids born preterm or very preterm at this age, their resilience, our treatment advances, and the care of babies for adults to live happy, healthy lives is really pretty impressive."
Pierce says the study results emphasize that every life is precious and every life is valuable – and the need to recognize that despite physical struggles, all are perfect in God's eyes and are loved, accepted, and treasured.