(VIDEO INSIDE) Unidentified virus eyed in neonatal brain death
From The New York Times:
Andrea Tracey, 32, a mother of two from Charleston, S.C., was about to be transferred to New York, where she and her family were to begin the long wait for a potential cure. Although she believed in God and believed that God was always in control, Ms. Tracey said the terrifying diagnosis was all too real. She remembered coming home from work early one day last year to find that her 1-year-old son, Joshua, had stopped breathing.
In a situation that had no cause — no illness that causes the infant’s death — and that could easily be reversed with a different diagnosis, the only option left was life-threatening surgery. One of the doctors who performed the surgery said: “I’m probably saving Joshua’s life.”
In South Carolina, the situation was made even more harrowing by the existence of Zika. They were racing against time and against God to save the infant, and the virus seemed to threaten his survival.
Yes, as with Ebola, despite vigorous and impressive work from scientists, it is best left to the powers of the human mind — and perhaps prayer — to figure out what, exactly, caused the child’s death.