An unconscionable study risked the lives and health of more than 1,300 babies without their parents' knowledge. The trial, known as the SUPPORT study, provided varying levels of oxygen to prematurely born infants and measured the effects. The government-funded study spanned five years and involved 23 hospitals across the nation, including Wayne State University.
By administering low oxygen to premature babies, the study exposed infants to the following side effects:
- Eye disease and blindness
- Brain damage
- Chronic lung disease
- Wrongful death
Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen interests before Congress, is drawing attention to this unconscionable study and has started a petition. Please sign the petition and share it with others.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded the SUPPORT study, which failed to inform parents about the nature of the research and the risks it exposed babies to.
The 23 hospitals that participated include: Brown University, Case Western Reserve University; Duke University; Emory University School of Medicine; Indiana University School of Medicine; Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns; Stanford University School of Medicine; Tufts Medical Center; University of California, San Diego; University of Cincinnati; University of Iowa; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center; University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; University of Tennessee; University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; University of Utah School of Medicine; Wake Forest University School of Medicine; Wayne State University; Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island; Yale University School of Medicine.
If you believe your child may have been injured in the SUPPORT study, contact an experienced birth injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
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Source: Public Citizen, "Demand Kathleen Sebelius Apologize To Parents Of Babies Endangered In Study."