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Until recently, options for mechanical ventilation for children with chronic respiratory problems included negative pressure ventilation or positive pressure ventilation through an artificial airway (Padman, Lawless, & Von Nesson, 1994) (see Figure 1).
Next question: She weighs more than eighteen pounds, requires continuous negative pressure ventilation for all but a few hours a day, is still a patient in the ICU at Philadelphia Children's Hospital, and her bill there had hit $792,000 by the first week in April.

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