Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.)68-3-102(9) defines 'live birth' as "...the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of human conception, irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy, that, after such expulsion or extraction, breathes or shows any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical cord has been cut or the placenta is attached."
In 2005 this last line was added...
"Heartbeats shall be distinguished from transient cardiac contraction, and respirations shall be distinguished from fleeting respiratory efforts or gasps..."
Because of the added line, my doctor had no choice but to determine Wyatt as being still born because he was dying as soon as he was born. THIS NEEDS TO BE AMENDED!
Because of this line, my doctor was not ABLE to medically acknowledge my son's attempt to breathe. (In her defense, she personally acknowledges he did live, and had jumped through hoops to try and help me)
How many other mothers have had to go through this?
To be honest with you, I really am not sure where to go from here. If you have any suggestions or ideas, my door is open. Getting a state regulation amended was never something I thought I'd be asked to do... The road in front of me is overwhelming and, well, scary. But...
I will fight this.
I will get a birth certificate for my son.
I'm not naive, I know this will be a long road...
It will probably be years before I get a birth certificate in my hands. But I know in my heart of hearts, that day will come.
I've stated before that "I knew there was more to Wyatt's life than we've seen", and I'm starting to believe this is the part we haven't seen yet...
Wyatt accomplished his greatest feat... now it's my turn.
Through God's miracle and Wyatt's fighting spirit, a new path has been set before me. It's a path that will no doubt bring frustration along with the unknowing, but it's another path I HAVE to take.
So buckle your seat belts, I have a feeling this will be a LONG and bumpy ride!