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In Caring For Sickest Babies, Doctors Now Tap Parents For Tough Calls

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Omar looks through Kai's photo book. The charges for the infant's six months of care in the neonatal intensive care unit totaled about $11 million, according to the family, though their insurer very likely negotiated a lower rate. Heidi de Marco/KHN hide caption

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An Ill Newborn, A Loving Family And A Litany Of Wrenching Choices

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Hospital intensive care units save lives, but people there often suffer from delirium. Cal EMA / Flickr hide caption

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To fight antibiotic-resistant staph germs like these, a study suggests disinfecting the skin of all intensive care patients. Janice Carr/CDC hide caption

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