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Babies born four months early - in the 23rd week of pregnancy - exist on the very edge of life. A few go on to become the 'miracle babies' of glossy magazines, but most die. Award-winning director Adam Wishart has unprecedented access to the babies born in such extreme prematurity on a Birmingham neonatal unit, and asks the difficult question: is it always right to keep them alive?

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Wed 27 Apr 2011 02:30 BBC One

  • Should babies born at 23 weeks be left to die?

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    Jeremy Vine discusses whether babies born within 23 weeks of pregnancy should be left to die.

    Jeremy talks to:

    Dr Daphne Austin, Consultant for the West Midlands Specialised Commissioning Team.

    Mike Griffith, Consultant Cardiologist from Birmingham and father to 11-year-old Molly who was born at 23 weeks.

    Dr Sarah Jarvis, Radio 2's resident GP.


Adam Wishart
Executive Producer
Julian Mercer
Adam Wishart


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