Navigation Links
Debate in US: Who Should Decide for Disabled People?

Who should decide for the disabled? Can parents arrange surgical interventions on their children, hoping life would become that much bearable// for them? Such questions are being a raised in a beated debate in the US.

Ashley of Seattle was born with a debilitating disorder. Her brain stopped developing when she was only three months old.

She is sensate, she smiles, She seems at times to recognize her family members and to enjoy music. But she can barely move and will never learn to speak.

When she was 6, her parents decided to keep her permanently childlike, easy to lift and thus less prone to bedsores. A series of operations followed.

Her breast buds were removed, in part because of a family history of breast cancer but, more immediately, to accommodate the harness straps that hold her upright. According to her parents' blog, "developed breasts ... would only be a source of discomfort to her."

Her appendix was removed because it was feared she would not be able to communicate her distress if and when she developed appendicitis.

So was her uterus, to spare her the pain of menstrual cramps "or pregnancy in the event of rape."

Ashley is now nine and a debate is raging on the ethics of the actions of her parents and the willingness of the hospital to go along.

Many seem to consider that her parents were right in doing what they did. They did all that only out of love and concern after all. But yet others charge the hospital authorities concerned have acted beyond brief, in deferring to all the requests from Ashley’s parents, without going into the medical necessity of such interventions.

Could her teeth all be removed to spare her the pain of cavities? Or her fingernails so that she wont accidentally scratch herself? Or her kidneys to make her lighter? Ashley's body has been altered drastically only to suit the needs of those around her. Real medical benefits, such as lessened risks of cancers or appendicitis, were entirely speculative, critics argue.

In his new book, Medical Apartheid, medical ethicist Harriet Washington sees sexist, even racist prejudice in the approach of those who laud Ashley’s parents. “It is harder to imagine doctors so compliantly agreeing to castrate a boy, say, in order to allow his wheelchair seat-belt to fit better. Similarly, I wonder if a poor black child would have been so easily romanticized as a "pillow angel."

Though the US is supposed to be the wealthiest nation on earth, Ashley’s parents could not be provided simple medical devices like a simple hoist or mattresses that prevent bedsores. Or the assistance of home healthcare workers. Such things could have precluded such painful invasion of the body, regrets Patricia Williams.

Perhaps Ashley’s parents feared what would happen to her after them. Perhaps she would have to be institutionalized, whereas such homes are awfully managed. Even military hospitals are no exception, it has turned out.

Activists are hence calling for radical changes in the country’s medical care instead of highly arbitrary surgeries on helpless individuals.

'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Debate Rages over firing of HIV infected health care workers
2. Debate On Marriage
3. New Mexico Debates Over Forcing Mentally Ill People To Seek Treatment
4. Skinny Debate Upsets Actress Knightley
5. Babies Should Get Vitamin D Supplement
6. How Much Should Athletes Drink?
7. Angioplasty Should be the Standard
8. Parents Should Look For Signs Of Children Becoming Overweight
9. Diabetics Should Adopt Better Preventive Measures
10. Before Weight Loss Surgery One Should Get Tested for Bacteria
11. Should we avoid energy drinks to protect our teeth?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media with ... X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Color ... users can now reveal the media of their split screens with growing colorful ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... patient payment industry today announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare ... , The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... in retailers of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States ... eyeglasses have become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Battle Creek, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... abuse, joined as sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table ... held in honor of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health Supply is ... of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs that have ... Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia Root Extract ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher to ... Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher was also ... and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive member of ... expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx in connection ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), ... Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected ... CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... 52" report to their offering. ... creates a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The ... that will serve to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza ... to cap sales considerably, but development is still in its ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: