The mother made it through a door that is usually locked - someone had just come through it - and down a back stairway. She came out on a medical ward, punched a nurse in the jaw who tried to stop her, and headed down the stairs again. She was finally caught on the first floor in the radiology department. Her visiting privileges were revoked.
As we see in so many drug users, mother was a near "grand multip." This was her eighth pregnancy and sixth baby. None of her other children are in her custody. I don't really know what to think about her. In a way I feel sorry for her, because of her drug habit and strong unfulfilled desire to have her baby. On the other hand, I just wish she would stop having babies. Although no one said it this time, often people when confronted with a drug user having her umpteenth baby will say a comment to the effect that it's too bad we can't force such people to be sterilized. And I know how they feel. I don't want to become like China with its forced sterilizations and abortions, and am not seriously proposing that, but can't we do something to stop these people from having more babies?
I guess not.
P.S. Grand Rounds is up this week at Aetiology, and a new Pediatric Grand Rounds is at Unintelligent Design.