From John Ray's shorter notes
October 03, 2016
Greenie fantasies about power kill babies: The big South Australian blackout
Let's not beat about the bush. The lost embryos were babies ready to go. They were just awaiting implantation into their mothers. And the cause of the blackout is equally clear. Politicians blame the big storm but HOW did the storm cut all power? Easy and obvious:
South Australia gets 40% of its power from wind turbines -- but wind turbines have to be turned off in high winds or they will fly to pieces. So they were turned off. But when you lose 40% of your power suddenly, there is no way out of disaster.
Had they kept their coal-fired generators going, they might have had a chance. When they saw the storm coming -- and it was heavily predicted -- they could have spun up their coal generators and then turned the windmills off
SOUTH Australia’s power blackouts have destroyed embryos at Flinders Fertility leaving families heartbroken and medics distressed by their loss.
The Advertiser understands more than a handful of potential children became “unviable” because incubators at Flinders Fertility — which is based at Flinders Medical Centre — failed when the entire state’s power went down.
Health Minister Jack Snelling revealed on ABC 891 radio this morning “about 12 patients were affected”. It was also suggested up to 25 embryos were lost per patient.
Hospitals all have emergency generators, but the one at Flinders did not work for some minutes. A short but crucial period without power means those embryos, which were ready to be implanted, are no longer able to be used.
Flinders Fertility called it a “devastating” and “distressing” situation. There will be a review. Flinders Fertility assured families and patients that “cryopreserved material” – waiting for a later implantation date – was not affected.
In a statement they expressed their deepest sympathies to the families and said the loss of power compromised incubators, affecting a small number of patients.
“Despite every effort by our scientists, the embryos are no longer viable,” they said in a statement.
“This is a devastating situation for our patients, and very distressing for our staff.
“Flinders Fertility doctors have contacted patients directly, and individual support and counselling is being provided.”
SA Health Interim Chief Executive Vickie Kaminski.
Families will be given priority for further treatment and there will be no further costs to repeat fertility cycles.
SA Health Interim Chief Executive Vickie Kaminski said there was “an issue” with the generator, leading to battery-powered back-up; that meant that on Wednesday night 17 patients were transferred to Flinders Private Hospital.
Flinders Medical Centre expressed their sincerest condolences. “We’re currently reviewing the circumstances that led to the Flinders Fertility laboratory being without power during part of Wednesday’s extreme weather event, a spokeswoman said.
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