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Parents of Preemies Feel Betrayed that Government Experiment Manipulated Their Babies’ Oxygen Levels

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Dreshan Cook

Credit: Sharrissa Cook

by Sharyl Attkisson, The Daily Signal

Just 25 weeks into her pregnancy, Sharrissa Cook gave birth to a critically ill baby boy. Dreshan weighed in at a fragile 1 pound, 11 ounces. He lay motionless in the incubator, connected to tubes and monitors in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

“He was so tiny,” Cook recalls. “I was a first-time mom. I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know what to expect.”

It was October 11, 2006. Medical personnel asked Cook, then a 26 year-old single mother, to enroll little Dreshan in a study. She says they described it as a program offering assistance and encouragement to preemies — premature babies — and their families. She readily signed the consent form.

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