Google Search Spares Preemie From Risky Procedure

    September 12, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Parents of prematurely delivered twins were able to grab a quick second opinion using Google, a move that proved beneficial, as the emergency surgery recommended by their doctor turned out to be unnecessary.

A letter to Google, posted on Google Blog, from proud parents Howard and Melissa of Boca Raton, Florida, details a traumatic experience.

Two weeks after the birth of Andrew and Carly, Andrew returned to the emergency room where doctors noted a drastic drop in his hemoglobin levels-from 14 to 7. Doctors decided an emergency blood transfusion was necessary to save the child’s life.

“We were shaken and quite upset,” Howard recalls. “Armed with only a cell phone – and a very low battery – I was able to Google [hemoglobin “premature infant”] and found a medical journal article claiming that it’s perfectly normal for preemies to have their hemoglobin levels drop to 7 between the first and third months of life, and apparently this is especially true with twins,” goes the letter.

After researching on his own for a few hours, the neonatalogists admitted they were mistaken.

“Google literally saved our newborn son from having to endure an extremely dangerous, and totally unnecessary, blood transfusion. Melissa and I really appreciated your help with this one,” writes Howard to the folks at Google.

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