Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Mark Steyn on identical quadruplets born in the United States

Mark Steyn caught wind of this irony as well:
Re: Does Michael Moore know this? [Mark Steyn]

Jonah, never mind seven-month waits for cancer treatment in Scotland. As I say somewhere or other in my book, it's the ten-month waiting list for the maternity ward:
A Canadian woman has given birth to extremely rare identical quadruplets.

The four girls were born at a US hospital because there was no space available at Canadian neonatal intensive care units... Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia are in good condition at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Montana...

Health officials said they checked every other neonatal intensive care unit in Canada but none had space.

The Jepps, a nurse and a respiratory technician were flown 500km (310 miles) to the Montana hospital, the closest in the US, where the quadruplets were born on Sunday.
Well, you can't expect a G7 economy of only 30 million people to be able to offer the same level of neonatal ICU coverage as a town of 50,000 in remote rural Montana. And let's face it, there's nothing an expectant mom likes more than 300 miles in a bumpy twin prop over the Rockies.


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