Can’t con­nect spend­ing to death of in­fant

The Enterprise - - Community Forum -

I found com­par­i­son of the re­port of the find­ings of a week of in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the death of an in­fant on the front page of The En­ter­prise and the let­ter pub­lished in the same edi­tion by Charles Ray Reid IV dis­ap­point­ing.

Mr. Reid may be for­given for the er­rors in his let­ter, since it was sub­mit­ted be­fore the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but his un­der­ly­ing as­sump­tion is without any rea­son­able foun­da­tion.

He lists nu­mer­ous items which he does not wish the county to spend money on, fair enough. But woven through­out his let­ter is the as­sump­tion that more money spent on emergency med­i­cal ser­vices would have averted the tragic death of an in­fant last month. He scolds the county govern­ment as though there is some ev­i­dence that they have cheap­ened the value of life by their spend­ing de­ci­sions.

The facts don’t bear this out. While most of the county was asleep and wait­ing for the sound of their morn­ing alarm clock, the tones sent out by the county’s emergency ra­dio sys­tem stirred the alert first re­spon­ders and trained sup­port was on the scene per­form­ing CPR within seven min­utes of the 911 call. Ad­di­tional backup was also sent to the scene.

Trag­i­cally, the child did not sur­vive. Based on stud­ies, the chance of sur­vival was not good to be­gin with. At best, 20 per­cent, but more likely only 3 per­cent for re­cov­ery us­ing CPR on an in­fant out­side a clin­i­cal set­ting is typical.

The fact help was there within seven min­utes tells us the fam­ily was well served by first re­spon­ders. Now the rest of us can serve this fam­ily by not ex­ploit­ing the baby’s death and not us­ing their tragedy to pur­sue our pri­vate agen­das. Pray for their com­fort and peace.

Ken­neth Harmon, Val­ley Lee

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