Health Care: From Canada's #3 City to US's #356
Chances of having identical quadruplets: 1 in 13 million.
Chances of having 4 neonatal intensive-care beds available in Canada's 3rd largest city: Not very good.
Chances of having 4 neonatal intensive-care beds available in America's 356th largest city: Excellent.
From today's IBD:
On Aug. 12, Karen Jepp gave birth to identical quadruplets in Great Falls, Mont. The mother of this one-in-13 million event isn't a Montana resident, however. She's a Canadian. She and her husband were sent from Calgary, Alberta (population 1 million-plus), to Great Falls (pop. 57,000) to deliver the children because, the Calgary Herald reports, "no Canadian hospital had enough neonatal intensive-care beds for all four babies."
From the third-largest city in Canada to a smallish American city (ranked #356 in the U.S., in a state with fewer people than Calgary). This speaks well of Canadian health care? Jepp is the fifth Alberta mother who had to travel to the U.S. this year to give birth because of the neonatal shortages in Calgary.
Incidentally, all four daughters are alive and healthy — uncommon in multiple births. We shudder to think how they'd have fared in Canada or Great Britain, let alone Cuba.
Read a report from ABC News.