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Premature Births

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence he has concerning the survival of a baby born after only 23 weeks' gestation; if the baby is still living; and if he will make a statement.

I am aware of only one recent report in this country which was the subject of publicity in November 1979, of the survival of an infant alleged to be of 23 weeks' gestation. In this case the period of gestation has been disputed but I am advised there is considerable medical evidence that it was not less than 24–25 weeks. The infant died aged five weeks.