March 6, 1995 in Nation/World

Baby Ryan Scheduled To Leave Hospital Today

Associated Press

Four months after doctors in Spokane told his parents they could do nothing to save him, Ryan Nguyen is scheduled to leave the hospital today.

Born eight weeks prematurely with kidney damage, a bowel obstruction and possible brain damage, Ryan was at the center of a battle between his parents and doctors over how to treat the critically ill child.

Doctors at Sacred Heart Medical Center doubted Ryan could survive and, Nghia and Darla Nguyen say, suggested he be taken off life-support and allowed to die.

The Nguyens began searching for another hospital. They were rejected by three hospitals before Dr. Randall D. Jenkins, a pediatric kidney specialist at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, offered to help.

Since his birth Oct. 27, Ryan has more than doubled his weight to 14 pounds-plus. Now he’s healthy enough to go home.

But Ryan won’t be coming back to Spokane. His parents moved to Vancouver, Wash., to be closer to Portland after Ryan was transferred there in December.

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