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Pillow Angel 
9th-Jan-2007 12:43 pm
Have you heard about what some parents did to their mentally retarded daughter? She will never progress mentally beyond a three month old infant. To ensure quality of care, they elected to have surgery performed that would stunt her growth.

Pillow Angel Ethics, Part 2

CNN received some emails regarding the news:
Controversial care: Your e-mails

This seems like a horrific thing to do. But I am not her parents so I don't know their personal Hell of having a kid this far disabled. However, I have noticed one thing that everyone does regarding this surgery: point the finger at the parents. Not one, no not one person, has pointed the finger at THE DOCTOR THAT SUGGESTED IT!

All those that are ethically opposed have completely missed the point that a medical expert had to make this suggestion. Where was the ethical review on this doctor's idea?
9th-Jan-2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
The term "pillow angel" is creepy. I can commend the parents for wanting to care for her at home and include her in activities, but the whole thing kind of smacks of eugenics to me, and it has the potential to be horribly abused. Then again, so do most things that started out as good ideas.
9th-Jan-2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
As one doctor said, and I paraphrase, "if we only used medical techniques that couldn't be abused, we'd be practicing very little medicine".
9th-Jan-2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ah It's good to see that robomarkov is back from vacation and posting all sorts of things to discuss!!!

If this article does nothing else for me, it's that I have to give thanks a higher being that I have two heathly and active kids. I will now go home and hug, squeeze, and kiss them till they say, "STOP IT MOMMY!".
9th-Jan-2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Actully, I haven't been on vacation in a while. I have just been REALLY REALLY busy.

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