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Juniper French – 23 Weeks and 6 Days

Radiolab updates its story on Juniper French, born at 23 weeks and 6 days.

“Kelley and Tom had hoped that meeting their daughter would be the happiest moment of their life. But when she came early — at just 23 weeks and 6 days, that moment was full of terror and an impossibly difficult decision.”

“Tom and Kelley turned to their baby for help. Seeing their daughter for the first time, they looked for her to ‘declare herself.’ That’s a phrase that comes up again and again to help guide decisions in Neonatal Intensive Care Units.”

“But parents and medical professionals have very different ideas about what the phrase really means. Nurse Tracy Hullet and Neonatologist Keith Barrington describe the difficulty of interpreting the fuzzy boundary between a baby’s strength of will, and simple physiology.”

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