September 9th, 2009

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NHS success of the day

This is just disgusting.

Doctors left a premature baby to die because he was born two days too early, his devastated mother claimed yesterday.

Sarah Capewell begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy - almost four months early.

They ignored her pleas and allegedly told her they were following national guidelines that babies born before 22 weeks should not be given medical treatment.

Miss Capewell, 23, said doctors refused to even see her son Jayden, who lived for almost two hours without any medical support.

She said he was breathing unaided, had a strong heartbeat and was even moving his arms and legs, but medics refused to admit him to a special care baby unit.

The guidance, drawn up by the Nuffield Council, is not compulsory but advises doctors that medical intervention for very premature children is not in the best interests of the baby, and is not 'standard practice'.

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She told how she begged one paediatrician, 'You have got to help', only for the man to respond: 'No we don't.'

As her contractions continued, a chaplain arrived at her bedside to discuss bereavement and planning a funeral, she claims.

She said: 'I was sitting there, reading this leaflet about planning a funeral and thinking, this is my baby, he isn't even born yet, let alone dead.'


There's more here, if you can stomach it.

Of course nationalized health care doesn't lead to rationing. Who would ever be so silly to say otherwise?
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SGU FYI

SpoilerTV has 2 spoiler-free reviews of the Stargate Universe pilot.

Here's some choice quotes.

"This is a great attempt at creating a realistic Stargate, as realistic as Stargate can be."

"Past Gates were as familiar as a warm blanket, and we loved them for that. SGU attempts to rip that old blanket off and light it it on fire right in front of your face. So Stargate purists beware: the new SGU may be a bitter pill for you to swallow."

"The characters that Robert Cooper and Brad Wright created may seem like your average day Gaters, but they've got a lot more on their plates than any of the aforementioned heroes. So it may be a while until there's a funny Eli and D. Rush episode, because well, people are dying."

"SGU has a lot of bite — and even more potential — and that makes this Gater happy."

"... it's not the Stargate factor that will put you off or suck you in forever, it's that this is not a family action show pretending to be science fiction like its predecessors were."

"Do not expect repeated scenarios where the the military lead character leans on the cliched genius scientist while everyone else throws in words of encouragement until a brilliant solution is discovered to save the day at the last minute."

"Stargate Universe is a lot of things, but upbeat is not one of them... There are shows like BSG and E.R. than went too far, that became so dark that you kind of wanted to blow your brains out at the end of every episode. SGU, thankfully, isn't that bad."

"Don't sit down expecting a Stargate show like the ones that have come before. If you do, you'll be setting yourself up for disappointment -- and not because SGU isn't good, but because you'll be getting something other than what you thought you'd get, and there is no way this show can win in that scenario."

"Oh, and by the way, there's going to be music in this show. Real music. Not just scored stuff, but actual songs. It's a game changer when it comes to setting just the right tone at just the right moment. And the musical score is simply amazing."
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to-do

- Get up before noon
- Color hair
- Wash sheets
- Wash towels
- Sort laundry
- Find floor and vacuum it
- Watch Glee 1x02 again!
- Maybe make some Glee icons
- Make bed
- Clean off and dust bedside tables
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