Posted at Hoosiers for Life:
The Millers were told there was no plan to help him live. No matter what, because he was not yet 23 weeks gestation, the plan was to let River die. Without an advanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Ball Memorial, the doctors said they could not and would not try to save River.
A tiny baby boy named River is someone who will be ingrained in my memory forever.
His life was short, his story tragic. I met his family this summer and promised to help them share his life and story with the world.
Andrew and Mackenzie Miller’s first baby, River, was born early and left to die. Once River was born, the doctors and nurses at Ball Memorial Hospital refused any type of medical intervention, despite pleas from his family to help.
Mackenzie Miller was admitted to Ball Memorial hospital in preterm labor at only 22 weeks and 1 day gestation. In order for her baby to even have a chance to survive, medical intervention was a must.
“Please, help our baby!” the family begged.
It was much too early for him to survive on his own.