I felt obliged by my conscience to write something. I cannot do much else but spill a few ragged words on to the screen, I am too upset and disturbed. You may agree or not, but this is my way of coping.
Welcome to the Celtic Incubators Facility, here in North Dublin. It is a large building but at it’s heart is the White Room where the Incubators are maintained.
The White Room is five hundred metres long and twenty five metres wide. On each side of the White Room there are beds — 314 beds with massage mattresses. There are no windows, the floor is grey linoleum and the lighting is sensor controlled — a dim red wash until the sensors are triggered by the Auxiliaries, then 25 metres sections, illuminated by blue-white light. There are twelve doors on either side of the White Room at regular intervals for Auxiliaries’ access.
At one end of the White Room, the glass control room is staffed 24 hours a day by the medical team. The Medical Supervisor is able to monitor every Incubator from the control room. Feeding fluids, intravenous drugs and oxygen levels are checked by computer algorithms at thirty second intervals. Waste management and cadaver deterioration are also monitored. Each bed in the White Room is occupied for as long as is medically required. Most Incubators stay for a two weeks or less but there are some mid to early term beds in the intensive intervention section, closest to the control room. All the beds have web-cam feeds, enabling the Incubators’ families to visit, without the need for decontamination procedures.
The medical team only intervene when signs of infection or decomposition are too advanced. Prior to any intervention, the Medical Supervisor is required to consult with the online, on-call Priest, homeopathic practitioner and obstetric specialist for alternate opinions, as well as the company legal section to ensure compliance with the Constitution.
At the other end of the White Room, a set of double doors leads to the rest of the facility — the administration offices, mortuary and the delivery theatres. When the Medical Supervisor determines the foetus is viable, having consulted with the team and the on-call specialists, the Auxiliaries move the Incubator to the delivery theatre. The trolleys are silent except for the sucking sound of rubber wheels on linoleum.
There are currently three delivery theatres in operation but as the number of Incubators increases with time, it is envisaged that the facility will operate half a dozen delivery theatres on a 24 hour basis.
The Auxiliaries are required to wear full face masks and white suits to prevent contamination of the Incubators. Bacterial, fungal and viral infections are the main threat to foetal viability, causing temperature and blood pressure problems although premature decomposition of the Incubator is the main causal factor in constitutionally sanctioned terminations.
As the Incubators have been declared Legal Corpses by company’s lawyers and Soul-Less by the on-call priest, delivery commences by Caesarean Section. Once the neonate is breathing and has been assigned a barcode and identity, the Incubator’s life support is disconnected.
The families may watch the Incubator’s last breaths but it generally not advisable.
As soon as breathing ceases, any viable organs and tissue is harvested and sold to the HSE to fund the company’s welfare recipient case-load. Permission is not sought from the families, as under article 78.3 of the new Constitution, the State owns all viable organs from a sanctioned and registered Incubators and any children they may produce.
In rare cases, breathing may continue after life support has been withdrawn and in these cases, the Medical Supervisor will administer the legally sanctioned dose of Barbiturates until all signs of life are extinguished.
The Incubator cadaver is taken to the mortuary for a brief inquest, before the remains are cremated and the ashes returned to the family.by