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Nation's First Baby To Go Home From The Hospital On A Respirator Is Now 19 Years Old And Is The Longest-Surviving Such Patient

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February 3, 2000
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Nineteen years ago Wayne Abney became the first baby in the United States to go home from the hospital on a respirator. He is the nation’s longest-surviving patient to be on a respirator since birth and to live at home. Wayne, his parents, and his 15-year-old brother, Mark, along with his neonatologist (and his godfather), Dr. Augusto Sola, Chairman of the Division of Neonatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, are available for interviews.

LOS ANGELES (January 30, 2000) - "Goodness, gracious, sakes alive!" They were unlikely first words for a toddler, but then, the very fact that Wayne Abney was talking at all was a miracle. Come to that, the fact that he was even alive, was a miracle. Wayne, now 19, was born with an extremely severe case of a rare congenital disorder that made it impossible for him to breathe unassisted while sleeping, and conventional wisdom of the day said that in cases as severe as Wayne's, it was best to let nature take its course - to not intervene - and "not intervening" would have meant immediate death.


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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Nation's First Baby To Go Home From The Hospital On A Respirator Is Now 19 Years Old And Is The Longest-Surviving Such Patient." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 February 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000202234531.htm>.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. (2000, February 3). Nation's First Baby To Go Home From The Hospital On A Respirator Is Now 19 Years Old And Is The Longest-Surviving Such Patient. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000202234531.htm
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Nation's First Baby To Go Home From The Hospital On A Respirator Is Now 19 Years Old And Is The Longest-Surviving Such Patient." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/02/000202234531.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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