The Chinese term for pyemia is “nong xue bing”, meaning “pus blood disease”.
Pyemia is usually caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria by pus-forming organisms in the blood.
In the afternoon on August 22, 2014, at the Jilu Hospital in Jinan city, Shandong province, a 32-year-old woman was in bed with a newborn baby girl at her side.
The baby girl was born prematurely at seven months of pregnancy at 6:00 a.m. that day on the street.
The woman has been crippled since childhood and uses a wheelchair. She has a three-year-old son. After becoming pregnant with this second child, she developed bed sores which became severely infected.
The festering bed sore caused pyemia, and the doctor suggested that she abort the pregnancy. At that time, she was already five months pregnant.
She and her husband decided to come to the city of Jinan to find a hospital to perform the abortion. No hospital was willing to take her in because of the risks involved.
The couple did not have much money, so they slept on the streets outside the hospitals.
The outcome of this case is actually the best resolution. An abortion of a five-month old fetus whose mother has pyemia is indeed unwise and unnecessary.
Treatment with antibiotics during pregnancy may adversely affect the fetus. There are too many risk factors involved considering the weak and sickly condition of the mother. Now that the baby girl is born, the mother and the baby can be treated separately, individually and more appropriately.