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PRETORIA, Sept 9 (LSN) – Yesterday Africa News Online reported on the plight of Leonardo Celliers a premature baby in South Africa whose parents were told their tiny son was to be taken off a ventilator since they could not afford the $800 per day for the continued care of the child at a private clinic.  South African hospitals have refused to finance the child’s life support since his birth weight of 1.5 pounds falls under the hospitals’ minimum weight requirement of 2.2 pounds. A hospital administrator for Pretoria Academic Hospital also argued that even if the child survived, some brain damage could be expected. The parents are appealing to the public for help.

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