My sister just had a baby and he is in the NICU. He have a tube running down his throat and a tube placed in his bottom. The hospital want give my sister no information on her child. Can someone please give me a clue or something so that I can let her know what she is up against.
Your sister has a right to know what is going on with her child!!! With what little info you gave it is hard to say. "a tube down his throat" can mean either they are helping him breathe or it could be feedings. It does sound pretty grave, I hate to say but that doesnt mean that the baby wont live. Is he a preemie? Preemies are living younger and younger gestational ages than they used to with medical help. Never give up hope! They should be informing the mother or the father of what is going on. That is their legal right to know! Are you sure they are not telling her anything or are they just not telling her whether they think the babe will make it or not? Because it may be at a point where they are not sure yet whether the babe will make it but they should be telling the mother and father what they are trying to accomplish. Just be supportive and do a lot of praying! Hopefully they will get to a point soon where they can tell your sister what the odds are that her son will live. If they are truly not telling her anything of what they are trying to accomplish or why the baby has the "tube in his throat and tube in his bottom" then she needs to be going to the hospital administrator and demand answers. They just may not know yet if the child will make it and they cant tell you something they dont know plus they would not want her to give up hope. Remember that a new moms hormones are running wild at this time then add the stress of a baby not doing well and your sister could be hysterical very quickly so just be supportive, offer to pray with her if you all pray, you may even want to call in your clergyman or the hospital chaplin would be glad to help if you dont have your own clergy man or priest. This is truly one of the most difficult things a person can face when their child is gravely ill. there is nothing more stressful. All you can do is to be supportive. Perhaps it may help if your sister gives permission for you to talk to the Dr. Perhaps she is so distraught it is hard for her to understand what is going on. You might be able to make more sense of what the Drs are saying. I hope for the best for this little one and I pray your sister will be taking her little boy home in her arms soon!
Hello simpleme - Welcome to DC and I hope and pray that your little nephew is going to be okay. In all honesty, simpleme, even if there were a doctor in the house... without vital information and being privy to all that happened and also whether the baby was full term or early... there is no way that any of us can render an opinion. That is all that it would be any way... just an opinion. And, our opinion could be way off and only further upset the new mom, your sister. An opinion, too, would be ethically and morally wrong to provide. I wish I could offer you something more but without any details... we cannot even tell you if the baby is jaundiced... having breathing issues... being fed (which I doubt). It is plausible if the baby is premature that its system is not fully developed... like lungs and he has a breathing tube... that would be fairly common. But that is it... unfortunately, you haven't give us much information.
She does have the right to know but it is her DOCTOR or a doctor who must give her the information. No other hospital employee, nurse or the like can give her anything related to a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment plan because "legally" they cannot; they are not licensed to diagnose or render even an opinion. So, she needs to talk with her doctor and if you know when the doctor is supposed to be there next... ask her if you can also be present, okay?
I wish that all goes well and that this is a temporary situation and only a measure to help the baby along in its rough start to life.
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