Sunday, September 18, 2011

Here's A Sobering Thought

We live in a world where parents can sue doctors and win $4.5 million because the doctors robbed them of the opportunity to kill their child. From the Orlando Sentinel:

Almost 3, Bryan Santana longs to play with toys and run alongside other children. But because he was born without arms and with only one leg, normal toddler games elude him.

On Friday, a jury awarded his West Palm Beach parents $4.5 million to help them buy prostheses, wheelchairs and other medical services experts say he will need to live any semblance of a normal life.

After nearly nine hours of deliberation over two days, a jury of four men and two women agreed that a Palm Beach Gardens obstetrician and the clinic where she works were negligent for not detecting the boy's horrific disabilities before he was born.

Had Dr. Marie Morel and an ultrasound technician properly administered a sonogram, they would have discovered the abnormalities, the jury found. Had Ana Mejia and Rodolfo Santana known, they said they would have terminated the pregnancy.

Is it just me, or do the first couple of paragraphs there come this [] close to saying that the child really would be better off dead anyway?

I wonder how mom and dad will explain all the money to him as he gets older. "Well, son, if we'd known that you were going to be born like this, we would have killed you way beforehand. Some doc or ultrasonographer screwed up, though, so we were stuck with you."

Ours is a doomed culture.

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