美父母令有腦病女兒永遠長不大

[明報2007.1.5] 美國西雅圖兒科醫院應一名6歲女孩的父母要求,為他們患有嚴重腦病的女兒做手術及注射荷爾蒙,令她永遠長不大。事件去年10月曝光後引發爭議,有人指摘女童父母為了方便照顧不惜製造科學怪人,冒犯女童尊嚴。女孩父母則表示這是令女兒活得最好的方法。See also: http://www.theage.com.au/

With advances in medical technology, there are more and more complicated ethical questions to deal with. Given that the child has severe cognitive problems with little potential to develop further, the main issue is what course of action is in the best interest of the child. If stunting her growth leads to a better quality of life for the child, then this should be morally permissible.

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