Kate Teague, a registered nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, in Palo Alto, Calif., holds a premature baby's hand. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

toggle caption Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News
In Caring For Sickest Babies, Doctors Now Tap Parents For Tough Calls
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/455641133/456174789" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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

toggle caption Heidi de Marco/KHN
An Ill Newborn, A Loving Family And A Litany Of Wrenching Choices
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/455677565/455936719" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In this Sept. 11 photo provided by Emily Morgan, Chase Morgan holds his son Haiden's hand at the Miami Children's Hospital. Emily Morgan, who unexpectedly gave birth on a cruise ship months before her due date, says she wrapped towels around her boy and, with the help of medical staff, managed to keep him alive until the ship reached port. Emily Morgan/AP hide caption

toggle caption Emily Morgan/AP

Researcher John Clements in the early 1980s, after he figured out that lungs need surfactants to breathe. David Powers/Courtesy of UCSF hide caption

toggle caption David Powers/Courtesy of UCSF
How A Scientist's Slick Discovery Helped Save Preemies' Lives
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/422620170/428901769" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript