by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books
“By morning,” Nicholas Casey reports in The New York Times, “three newborns were already dead.
“The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward.
“Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died.”
“The death of a baby is our daily bread,” a Venezuelan physician, Dr. Osleidy Camejo, told Casey.