Kaleb's Law gets legislative sponsor
By Molly Trotter/Ktvl.com
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Lindsey Lahr went to Salem on Wednesday afternoon in hopes to get a bill passed to make pulse ox screenings mandatory for newborn babies.
She told News 10 this afternoon that Senator Jason Atkinson, R-Salem, will sponsor her bill.
Lahr went to Salem to get a bill passed in honor of her two-year old son Kaleb. Kaleb was born at Three Rivers Hospital in Grant Pass two years ago. Just hours after he was born, his parents noticed that he was breathing fast, so the nurse came in and gave him a pulse ox test. This test showed the Lahr's and the nurse that their son was deprived on oxygen from his neck down. If the parents would have noticed his condition any later, Kaleb probably wouldn't have made it.
Lahr feels that this could have been avoided if Kaleb received a pulse ox screening right after he was born. That is why she went to Salem to try and pass her bill, Pulse Ox Oregon Kaleb's Law, to make it mandatory for all hospitals for give newborns a pulse ox test, so other families can avoid what her family and what Kaleb went through.