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Cover Story - May 27, 2011

Delivering hope

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital celebrates 20 years of evolving medical care

by Sue Dremann Photos Veronica Weber

Steve Martz cupped his infant son Samuel's tiny head in his hand, crooning softly into the glass incubator.

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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on May 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Having experienced their service/care - its an asset to have a hospital of such a caliber in the neighborhood .. keep up the good work guys!

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Packard is one of the best things to ever happen to this community. Give then whatever they ask for and add ten percent.

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Posted by Camille
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Yay Sam! You're so photogenic, like mom and dad.

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Posted by Too much traffic
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Very timely article. Hard to believe that some people in palo alto, including some of our elected officials, seem to think that it is more important to keep a coupler extra cars off of our streets than it is to treat sick children properly.

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Posted by Rose Bayly
a resident of another community
on May 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Having top-notch medical services in Palo Alto
is the reason there are
tender, heartwarming stories
as this. The services are worth every penny. Hats off to the hospital and staff.
And hats off to Sue Dremann, the reporter who wrote with such compassion.

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Posted by Cynic
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm

What's the point of keeping an extremely premature infant alive? It's exceeding expensive at the start. But quite likely the infant will grow into a special needs child that requires significant public expenditures throughout the childhood and beyond.

We are better off using all those resources to care for those without health insurance, to provide better prenatal care for healthier pregnancies and births, and to reduce the incidence of pregnant women using drugs and alcohol.

Sure it sounds heroic to keep a 2-pound infant alive. But at what cost? In most cases, the parents can try to have another baby. If not, adopt one already born.

Of course we should take care of sick children, and the Packard Children's Hospital does an admirable job. But much too much resources are spent on heroic measures for premature infants and for the elderly on their deathbeds.

No wonder the price of health insurance for the rest of us is going through the roof. How many tens of thousands of dollars do you think that heroic care is costing per week?

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Posted by Kendra
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Dear Cynic, hopefully, you will not someday need any sort of ‘heroic measure’ or long term care to save your own life, but if that does happen, let’s hope that you have the decency to not sap resources from other people by continuing your fight to live.

The baby was born alive, should the parents have just held their boy in their arms and done nothing, watch him die? Please, let us know who you are, and if you get run over by a car or otherwise injured, I would be most happy to apply your philosophy of care in that situation, and do nothing to help you. After all, you would not want all that costly medical attention for the rest of your life. I would save that for someone actually born with a soul.

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Posted by Stacey Martz
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Dear Cynic,

I wish I'd read your comment regarding this story sooner. I'm the mother of Samuel, the child this story is about. Alot, if not most preemies grow into perfectly healthy children with NO special needs at all. Our son is progressing beautifully. He's hitting all developmental milestones on time or early. He's going to do just great. His doctors and developmental specialists expect him to be a normal, healthy boy with NO special needs. It's sad to think that the joy of my life, my beautiful son, and so many others would be dead if it were up to you. Your knowledge of premature infancy is severely lacking, therefore, you should educate yourself before you speak of the silliness of keeping a 2 pound infant alive. The doctors that kept Sam alive will always be heroes in our book. Also, if you have children of your own, how much do you think their lives are worth? Should someone else get to make that determination when their lives are on the line? My son is worth every penny that was spent to get him through the rough patch of his beginnings. Again, educate yourself before you make broad statements about letting premature babies die. And grow a heart while you're at it.

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Posted by Arden Anderson II
a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

My name is Arden Anderson II and it is my parents that are briefly mentioned in above article as volunteers. I have to commend Mrs. Martz for the restraint that she exhibited in her choice of words in her response to Cynic! Having just witnessed the birth of our first child (full term) and experienced the stress involved in that I cannot imagine what it would be like to be in the Martz's shoes. I am grateful for parents like mine and am so very proud of their generous donation of time and effort to help the families of the Packard children. Mrs. Martz, hang in there and hug Samual for my wife and me and don't give Cynic another thought.

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Posted by Stacey Martz
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

Arden, thanks for your kind words. I met your mother while Samuel was hospitalized. She was just lovely. I hope I some day have the time to contribute to LPCH like she does. What a blessing :)

Congratulations on the birth of your first child! You're in for a wild and wonderful ride!

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