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For the Love of a Child

These parents loved their child so much that they made the heartbreaking decision of having her growth stunted. They could have very easily placed the child in an institution or nursing home and let others worry and attend to her, but they choose to sacrifice their lives to raise and care for their child in their own home.

There are many who are outraged about their decision. We as Americans just can't keep our nose out of other peoples personal lives.

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Jan. 5th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
There is a large ethical question attached to what the parents did, and more specifically, what the doctors did. It is very controversial because many people see it as being the same thing as the sterilization of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled in the first half of the 20th century.

Basically that is a hot button issue.

As for Pat Robinson, you are talking about a man who is power-crazed and filled with hate. That people can listen to his vitrolic tirades then give money to him in the name of love and peace is amazing. I consider him and his ilk as prime proof there is no God, because I am pretty sure God would have smited his ass by now. As far as I am concerned Robinsona and his cronies are no different than the islamic extremists.
Jan. 5th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
I never knew it was possible to do something like this, until I read about this case. In the case of this little girl who has the mentality of a 3 month old, I'm all for it. It takes very special and loving parents to do what they did. They chose this method instead of handing over the problem to someone else.

Pat Robertson and all his kind are as dangerous as can be.

The only one I believe in is God, and God knows what the future has instore for us. How dare this odious man state that God told him what He did?

The only thing this odious man did, is instill fear in many, by his prediction.

I for one, have no desire to know what the future has instore for the world!
Jan. 5th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds more like wishful thinking of reverned pats part...if we're lucky he'll be one of the people who die.

...on the stunt growth, Probably not a good idea...what are the long term psychological ramifications of an adult mind (even a mentally disabled grown up thinks differently from a mentally disabled child) in a childs body? better to let things progress naturally no matter how inconvienient for the caretakers. I'm thinking it's not the most prudent decision these parents are making. It sets a weird precedent too, I mean can any parent do this to a kid, probably to keep them in beauty pageants, gymanstics or showbiz? It's one thing to make elective medical decisions on your own (boob jobs, collagen) but when someone else makes that decision it gets a little convoluted for me...

Jan. 5th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
But they weren't dealing with the mentality of an adult, but that of a a child with a mental age of 3 months. Had the parents not made this decision, the child would have grown to adulthood, making it impossible for them to care for her.

They could have easily left things alone, and when the day came, just send her off to a nursery home. I've heard horrors about nursing homes. Had I been that child, I would have wanted only my parents to care for me.
Jan. 6th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
As one who is in Nursing Homes almost every day I can confirm that Nursing homes in some states are very questionable but others are absolutely wonderful places. The Federal regulations that cover long term care facilitries are very stringent and if the home wants to pull federal funds they must comply. Its the private ones that you may find problems in. but what is to say that the child would not mature more as she grew up? I have serious questions here before I can form a valid opinion.

As for Pat Robertson, and all the other television preachers that have poped in and out, I am in the same mind as George Carlin where he said "If I was GOD Id want a recount." WHO told them they could speak for GOD? I would not want the likes of Jim and Tammy Bakker, Pat Robertson or Jimmy Swygert speaking in my behalf. Thats for DAMN sure.
Jan. 5th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Great Quote there sunshine :o)

here is on for Robertson

"I've gone into hundreds of [fortune-teller's parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her."
A New York City detective ;o) this one just made me smile *Wink*
Jan. 5th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Robertson needs to go in a corner and suck a duck!
Hugs Sweet Stuff!
Jan. 6th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
you have that right sunshine!
and Hugs back to you good looking ;o)
and it is real sad about the child I don't know if there doing the right thing or not I only hope the best for her
Jan. 5th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
"There are many who are outraged about their decision. We as Americans just can't keep our nose out of other peoples personal lives."

Because when we do, then more cases of spousal and child abuse go unreported and run rampant.
Jan. 5th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, we should continue sticking our nose when it comes to child abuse and spousal abuse, but in this case, I don't find it abuse at all, but an act of love and sacrifice by both parents.
Jan. 5th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
I think the issue is, what is abusive? If someone spanks their child to discipline them, they my feel they are doing it out of love to make them grow up to be a better person. But another person will feel it's abuse.

Much like the case with this child where the parents intentionally stunt the child's growth. While I think they did do it to make life easier for the girl, but stopping her puberty, reducing the risk of bed sores, etc. Some people think it's an abusive treatment to make life easier for the parents, not the daughter.

So I suspect the busy-bodies are trying to do what they think it right for the child, much like if someone steps in when a parent spanks their child.

It's hard to say who is right unless you know the full background of the situation.
Jan. 5th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
I remember this article.
I found it to be a gray area, and decided that it would be best for me to keep out of it.
Jan. 5th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I remember this article.
Yes, it is the color of gray, and best left to the family that had to make the decision.

The only thing I leave with them are my prayers.
Jan. 5th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: I remember this article.
Jan. 5th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I love it how people always love to talk loudest when they are on the outside looking in. those people complaining that these people are doing something wrong obviously have no idea what is it to take care of a disabled child. Even if some of them do. They still can't compare their experience rasing a child like this to theirs. It does seem odd but if it makes it easier as you said to care for their child on their own as opposed to sticking her in an institution. I really don't think the child is going to care.
Jan. 5th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
What matters is that
Thank you for bring out more things that have been on my mind.

What matters is that the child is in a loving home with her parents, and not in some cold institution with strangers.

What people who continue sticking their nose in matters of this kind, is to start sticking their noses in their own closets and start scrubbing with Clorox!
Jan. 6th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
"These parents loved their child so much that they made the heartbreaking decision of having her growth stunted."

I don't think it was exactly heartbreaking. From an article I read, they kind of explained that the decision wasn't a hard one to make at all. They made it sound like stunting her growth was the sane and simple action to take given her condition. And that may be where a lot of this animosity is coming from... the idea that these parents would actually believe they know what's best for their daughter without any doubt or qualm or quibble.

Me personally? I don't know, I just don't have that gut "this is horrible" feeling that I might otherwise get. I think a lot of it is because I don't see this as "forcing her to stay 9 years old forever", but rather taking away physical traits that not only will she never be able to use, but will cause her just that much more discomfort. And yes, though it has little relevance, if I were in the same situation I don't think it'd bother me to be a nine year old little girl for the rest of my life.

On the other hand, what if she suddenly starts to develop cognizance past a three month old baby? Some of the treatments could be stopped, but you can't exactly replace a uterus. What would they say to her? What would she do?

Grey area, yeah. But I'm not getting in line to burn the parents at the stake.
Jan. 6th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
I have sadly found that the press tends to sensationalize, and will change a word here or there, or emphasize another to create havoc in situations. I just don't believe many things they write anymore.

Only the parents know what was in their heart when they made the decisions they did. I tend to believe that what they did was because of love.

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