Fassbach cautioned against rushing to redefine the medical standards for fetus viability. “We just don’t know which 21- to 22-weekers are going to do well and which are not going to do well,” he said. “I don’t think we should change what we do, but it shows us we need to do more research and find out where our edge of viability is going to go.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Doctors say Amillia is among the few babies known to have survived after a gestation of fewer than 22 weeks. She was just 9 inches long and weighed less than 10 ounces when she was delivered by Caesarean section. Full-term births come after 37 to 40 weeks. Amillia, the first child for Eddie and Sonja Taylor of Homestead, now weighs 4 pounds and is just over 15 inches long. She has suffered respiratory and digestive problems, as well as a mild brain hemorrhage, but doctors believe the health concerns will not have major long-term effects. Amillia was conceived in vitro and has been in an incubator since birth. She will continue to receive a small amount of supplemental oxygen even after she goes home. She was delivered because her mother was suffering from complications. Fassbach said that if doctors had known Amillia’s real gestational age, they might not have intervened. He said he thought she was at least 23 weeks, and doctors were shocked when the Taylors’ fertility specialist pinpointed the exact date of fertilization. A girl born after just under 22 weeks in the womb – among the shortest gestation periods known for a live birth – will remain in a Miami hospital a few extra days as a precaution, officials said Tuesday. Amillia Sonja Taylor, born Oct. 24 after just under 22 weeks in the womb, had been expected to be sent home from Baptist Children’s Hospital on Tuesday. However, routine tests indicated she was vulnerable to infection, said Dr. Paul Fassbach, who has cared for the baby since shortly after she was born. “She has been fine,” Fassbach said, but doctors are being extra cautious “now that she’s going into the world.”
By Joe Mandak THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH – A leading Episcopal conservative announced plans for a partnership Friday that aims to create an alternative to the liberal-leaning Episcopal Church. Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, whose diocese is considering breaking away from the national denomination, said the group will be called the Common Cause Partnership. Ever since Robinson’s election, theological conservatives in the U.S. have been trying to stay together, so they can create an alternative Anglican province in the United States. But they have often moved in many different directions, including individuals leaving on their own to join other denominations. In a sign of these differences, some traditionalist Episcopal groups were not part of the founding meeting, held this week in Pittsburgh.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The founders are a mix of groups with varying ties to the Episcopal Church and the world Anglican Communion. Among the members will be Episcopal dioceses and parishes that have broken away or plan to split from the national church, congregations that have never been part of the Episcopal Church and fellowships that are considered schismatic by the Anglican Communion. Duncan said that forming a separate North American church structure for conservatives is “necessary because of the drift of the church in the West.” “We’re in a time of reformation,” Duncan said. The partnership will include the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, a network of Episcopal parishes that have split from the U.S. denomination and have aligned with Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, an outspoken critic of Episcopal acceptance of gay relationships. The Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the U.S., caused an uproar in the worldwide Anglican family in 2003 by consecrating the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. The 77 million-member Anglican Communion is a fellowship of churches that trace their roots to the Church of England.