infant mortality

3:06 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

KU Hospital, Others Attacking Problems Of Child Deaths

Chloe Robinson, 5, shared a laugh with her home health nurse, Jamie Blake, last week outside the Neonatal Medical Home at the University of Kansas Hospital.
Credit Mike Sherry / The Hale Center For Journalism

Chloe Robinson was about the size of a bag of frozen spinach at birth. Born 15 weeks early and weighing only 1 pound, she spent her first eight months in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Kansas Hospital.

That was five years ago, and, one day last week, Chloe ran around a hallway at the hospital like any kid her age.

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9:18 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Infant Mortality Up Slightly In Kansas Last Year

A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.

Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday. Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003. 

KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says last year’s rate was 6.3 deaths per thousand live births.

“That’s relatively low, but unfortunately it’s up slightly from 2011,” says Moser.

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