Can’t connect spending to death of infant
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