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In Caring For Sickest Babies, Doctors Now Tap Parents For Tough Calls
National Public Radio

Dr. William Benitz walks past the rows of clear plastic isolettes in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.

There’s little room to navigate — the space is jampacked with beeping machines and ventilators. The health team in the unit can care for as many as 70 fragile infants. One tiny, pink baby girl here today was born weighing 13 ounces.

“A can of Coke is 12 ounces. So imagine a baby who could almost curl up in a fetal position and fit inside a Coke can,” says Benitz, the hospital’s chief of neonatology.