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Slow blood tests put infants’ lives at risk: Our view
USA Today

Noah Wilkerson seemed to be a happy, healthy infant when he was born on a Friday in June 2009 at a Colorado Springs hospital. The next morning, the hospital drew a blood sample for routine screening done by virtually all U.S. hospitals.

It took two days for Noah’s sample to be couriered to the state lab, which did not process samples on weekends. On Tuesday — one day before the results came back — Noah died, the victim of an easily treatable disorder that can lower blood sugar to dangerous levels and kill.