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    Students - Please read the attached article called Born Twice. This article was published in 1999 and recently the child was observed. The child, diagnosed with a severe birth defect, is thriving today. Surgery was performed on the child/fetus before birth. You will notice in the picture at the end of the article - this is showing the child inside the uterus holding the doctor's finger. Some have found fetal surgeries to be unethical and extremely risky. Please read the article and make a comment.

    You are required to:
    1) Make your own comment concerning the article.
    2) Respond to two other comments (from other students - can be from another class).

    This must be done by Monday, March 14th by 6pm.

    Happy Reading!

    Comments

    kristiewright
    Mar 1, 2011

    Write your comments here..........

    bondla
    Mar 2, 2011

    I think that it is really incredible that doctors are able to do that. I never imagined that you could operate on a baby then put it back in the mother's stomach and have it continue to grow naturally. This should become a regular procedure for babies with birth defects... if that is what the parents want of course.

    Ha! babies do have fingernails before they were born, Juno was right.

    wrightju
    Mar 14, 2011

    I don't think it is good to operate on a child in the womb... It's mother nature the way kids should be born.
    The picture was cool tho

    Julia Peck
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think this is a very interesting article, it really shows the amazing things doctors are able to do now with the new things they know now. I agree with Lauren that it should be a procedure that is regularly done if that is what the parents want.

    Emma Higgins
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think this article is very interesting and it makes me realize all the things that doctors are capable of doing. I'm not sure if it's the best idea because it seems like they are disturbing it's healthy nature.

    Patricia Kuniansky
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think the parents took a huge chance for the baby's life by doing the surgery. The child could of had a productive life without the surgery. It shows that taking risks can have a positive outcome and how advanced modern medicine is.

    cohensa
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that it is fine for them to operate on the baby while still in the womb.. If it is going to improve the quality of the baby's life then it would be totally worth it. It is really cool that we have the technology now to even do that and experiments like these are what is going to change the lives of baby's with this same disease's future.

    carteran
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think its really interesting how doctors can operate on the baby before its born but it seems really dangerous, but if it works and helps improve the babies life then it is worth the risk, if it is what the parent's want to do.

    barrettse
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that it is an amazing thing that doctors are able to operate on a child in the womb, and that the surgery and the quality of life of the baby will provide great future information on improving the future births of babies with disorders.

    sheltonpa
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think this is a great article and it is amazing how doctors can operate on a baby in the womb. This surgery is great because it will help the baby lead a normal life after it is born. This just goes to show what doctors are capable of these days

    Clayton Dehaven
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think this is pretty amazing. This could be a big step forward for babies with birth defects. This shows what doctors can make possible in this day and age.

    pfohlwi
    Mar 14, 2011

    Great Read. I like how people are trying research on stuff like this. I feel like the baby will live a better life because of these people. My favorite part is the picture at the end.

    Clayton Dehaven
    Mar 14, 2011

    Patrick- I agree fully. It is a good inference with what doctors can do
    Sean- Exact same as patrick

    Katherine Correll
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that this is a procedure that should be completely up to the doctors and patients. If the mother is comfortable with the operation, then it should be available because it can save the life of the child. It is an amazing option to have and can truly help with birth defects, because sometimes once the baby is born it is too late to save the baby. I completely agree with Annie, the surgery is a huge risk but it did save a life. I also agree with Lauren, that it is amazing that the baby can continue to grow naturally.

    gloversa
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think its awesome that medicine is able to better the quality of life for a child. It must have been really scary for the parents to go throught that but I am sure they will always be glad they choose that. I think its something that we can try and keep improving becuase it can really help kids and give them opportunities in life they might not have otherwise.

    shaheenmi
    Mar 14, 2011

    Its great that doctors can do this and make peoples' lives better

    pfohlwi
    Mar 14, 2011

    Great comment Sean. I think that it is a good thing that we are able to correct problems before the child is born
    Clayton- Yes it is very amazing. It could indeed help birth defects

    Sara Kibler
    Mar 14, 2011

    That's amazing but it seems to risky. The baby could have still lived and then you risk it's life in hope that it would live a better one.

    Audrey Murphy
    Mar 14, 2011

    I believe that the process of the operation itself is quite chancy, but it is quite remarkable. I am on the fence in believing that it is selfish or selfless because it is selfish because you are risking the life of your child that could have lived anyway, but, it is selfless in that you are choosing to do so because it could allow your child to live without birth defects.

    Natalie Glaze
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that it is amazing doctors are able to do this. I think it is extremely risky but it could change a child's life for the better if it works out. If they kept experimenting and perfecting their surgeries, this idea could be very helpful to children with birth defects.
    Annie- I think what you said makes a lot of sense because it was very risky to have surgery but it did work out, which was good.
    Savannah- I also think that it is amazing we are getting the technology to do these types of surgeries.

    bohlerra
    Mar 14, 2011

    I agree with Audrey 100% percent because it is quite risky. But, it is truly amazing that those doctors were able to operate on the baby while it was still in the womb.

    shemwellel
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that it is amazing that they are able to operate but i also think that it is too much of a risk onto the babies life. This is only one story of a baby that lived and its not like all of the other operations are going to have the same result. In fact most of these operations are most likely fatal :(

    Kathleen Charron
    Mar 14, 2011

    This is a very cool thing. I think that it is great they can make a baby's life better by operating on it before it was born. It would be scary to put your baby's life at risk by proceeding with this operation. I agree with Elizabeth, this operation worked once but who's to say it will work for the other babies. I also agree with natalie that if they keep experimenting with this they might perfect it and babies or children will all live a healthy life.

    shawho
    Mar 14, 2011

    It is very interesting to me what doctors can do today in medicine. Although, it is a major risk for the baby. If doctors perfect this operation it will later become so much more safer because only one successful operation has happened. Germs will go into the uterus because the baby was born two months after the operation. To me this is not right, and the baby could get sick. It still is very impressive how they can operate on the baby still in womb.

    kelseyta
    Mar 14, 2011

    It is very cool what doctors can do now. What they did to that baby was very helpful to her life, but it is also very dangerous to the baby's life. It could help the baby's birth defects and make it's phenotype normal. I agree with Clayton because it helps with the baby's birth defects and I also agree with Shaheen when he says that it is great that doctors can do this.

    shawho
    Mar 14, 2011

    Emma-I agree it is disturbing the baby's nature
    Savannah-I agree the technology today is truly incredible in medicine

    myerpe
    Mar 14, 2011

    The baby would have been born with a horrible crippling disease if it had not been for those doctors. I think it is a true gift that those speciality doctors are able to perform a miracle surgery like that. Those doctors gave that child the ability to walk. These surgery's can be very risky but I would have wanted to take the risk as a child to walk rather then being crippled for life. This is an incredible procedure that just keeps getting better and I think that the doctors that are able to perform surgery on a child in the womb are gifted.

    Mary Martin Shook
    Mar 14, 2011

    It is crazy how the doctor was able to perform the procedure that he did. I think it is great that it worked out and the child is now normal. However it is a miracle that everything turned out as safely as it did. The risks for the surgery are much too high to perform on any baby with a birth defect. It is unfortunate that some children are born with birth defects, but that is just how life is and it shouldn't be messed with.

    Kathleen-I agree with your comment that it is a risky procedure and probably will not work for all babies, however I do think that it is wrong and goes against mother nature

    Holly-I completely agree with you. It is too high of a risk to mess with. All babies should just be born naturally

    cheekka
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that it is a great thing that they can operate on the baby before its born to make sure it has a better life. I think it can also be very risky for the child's life. If the doctors continue to experiment and operate, I think they can perfect it and it will be very useful for other children. I agree with Natalie about if the doctors continue to operate, they can perfect this for other children. I also agree with Holly that it is a major risk for the baby's life but if they continue experimenting with the operation it will later be more successful for other children.

    myerpe
    Mar 14, 2011

    Sean- I think that you are absolutely right. It is amazing that doctors are able to perform those surgery's and the surgery's will continue to develop more and more.

    Clayton- Your right, this is an incredible thing. This will help people all over with birth defects that will change their lives. Those doctors are just becoming better and are gathering more information everyday.

    cohensa
    Mar 14, 2011

    I agree with Ansley that if it is what the parents want and it helps the baby's quality of life than it s fine.

    cohensa
    Mar 14, 2011

    I agree with Peter that it is truly special that we have the power to help a human life like that. If we can help someone walk or have better mental health why not do it?

    carteran
    Mar 14, 2011

    Savannah- I agree with you that its okay for them to operate on the baby while it is still in the womb as long as it will help the baby live a better life
    Kathryn- I agree that its a great thing for the doctors to be able to do but I also agree that it is very risky but it can help the child, as long as it is what the parents want

    whitehurstka
    Mar 14, 2011

    I would not have agreed that it is okay to operate on a baby inside of a womb before reading this. After reading it, i see how it was done for the best and if it was best for the baby, then they did the right thing.

    shemwellel
    Mar 14, 2011

    I agree with audrey about how risky it is and if it is a risk that should be taken and i disagree with lauren because just because it worked once doesn't mean it always will.

    kushelol
    Mar 14, 2011

    After reading this i realize how much doctors are able to do. It is incredible how the doctor can save a baby, and give it the ability to live a normal life.
    Katherine- I agree, I think the decision is completely up to the mothers whether or not they want this procedure done.
    Holly: I agree, it is an extreme risk to mess with the baby.

    whitehurstka
    Mar 14, 2011

    Clayton- I agree with your comment above, because this process could be helpful in the future for babies with defects and with this, we can help save many of them from having to be terminated from the womb.
    Natalie- I agree with your opinion, because although this was very useful and can be used more in the future, it is very risky and dangerous to the baby, and mother.

    hollingsworthch
    Mar 14, 2011

    It is cool that the doctors could operate on a baby while it is still developing. This should be standard procedure at all medical facilities and that they should expand what genetic diseases that they cure.

    hollingsworthch
    Mar 14, 2011

    Peter - I agree with Peter because the doctors really o have a special gift to give the baby a regular life of its own

    Kate W. - i agree with Kate because i thought it was impossible until I read this

    tillerra
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that it is amazing how the doctors can do this procedure on an unborn baby, but i don't think it is right. It is so great that the baby is healthy and able to live a normal life now, but the procedure comes with many risks, it could work or the baby could die. I believe that a baby should not have to go through this.
    I agree with Annie, I think this shows how incredible our modern medicine and technology are becoming.
    I also agree with Emma that this procedure is disturbing the nature of the baby and should be left alone to grow naturally.

    Andrew Andersen
    Mar 14, 2011

    I'm not exactly sure if this process they used is the correct way to go. Sure, it helped one kid, but that was one kid. One, out of thousands of others, and It's all up to chance really. If we develop better technology to even the odds a bit, it could possibly be the more valued option. But at our state I think the best choice is to terminate the subject, but that's just my opinion. Ha, ironic the adopted kid votes for abortion.

    Andrew Andersen
    Mar 14, 2011

    I agree with Christian, it just has to have the tech to make sure every time it works though.

    Holly I agree with you one hundred percent, the operation must be perfected, otherwise more money will be wasted when the babies doctors try to save die. it must be perfected.

    Molly Harrington
    Mar 14, 2011

    This is an amazing thing that these doctors have discovered. These doctors are giving babies opportunities to be able to play with other kids on the play ground, run around the yard, and walk down the isle at their wedding. That is best part about this, is giving the babies opportunities like that, and for giving the parents opportunities to play with their kid in the yard, chase them around, and watch their sports games.

    Molly Harrington
    Mar 14, 2011

    Kate W - I agree with you, how some may thing it is immoral, but once people realize what this surgery can do for their baby and their family they will want to have it done.

    Holly Shaw - I also agree with you about having an unhealthy baby with infections and stuff like that, but if the parents think that their baby will be able to withstand it and have faith in their choice I think their baby will turn out fine.

    Susannah Gleason
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think if the parents want to do this it is an amazing opportunity for their child to live a normal life. There is a high risk but the fact that the doctors can operate on the baby to change its life for the better is incredible. Yes they are putting there baby's life at risk but the parents are aware of this and every parent wants their child to have the same opportunities as other kids, so I think that this is an opportunity that shouldn't be turned down. This doctors have put years into this and they know what to do to make the procedure safer and it will continually become a safer procedure.

    Susannah Gleason
    Mar 14, 2011

    Julia Peck - I agree that this should become an everyday procedure if it is what the parents want

    Molly - I agree that giving these kids the chance at a normal life is an amazing oppurtunity

    Lena Ashley
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that this article was very interesting. I think that it is fine to operate on the baby in the womb if it it is going to help but if the doctors think it is is risky or it might not due much from what they can see. Although it is incredible to know what doctors can do for you!

    Susannah- I completely agree with your paragraph because it is always amazing to hear that you can possibly save a life.

    Molly- i agree with what you said and than you can go and play with your kid in the yard and the kid can live basically normal life

    finlaymi
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that the parents should do this operation because it is a great opportunity to make their child's life much better. The mother said that she thought that she had failed her daughter and that doing this operation could help her. It has its risks, but in the end it will have more positives than negatives. Just giving someone with her disability a chance to live like a normal child is amazing.

    Susannah- I completely agree with you. I think that this is a great procedure and as time goes on there will no longer be any risks.

    Seany B- Nice response. This operation will definitely help doctors in the future on other babies with this disease.

    pennow
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that this is great that doctors are able to perform such an amazing procedure. It is great that child will now have an opportunity to live a normal life without dealing with birth defects.

    Clayton - I agree that this is pretty amazing

    Partrick - I agree with your comment and like your conclusion in what doctors are able to do these days

    barrettse
    Mar 14, 2011

    Julia Wright - I greatly admire you taking a stand and stating your opinion however I do believe that it would be beneficial if parents were given the chance if they desired to preform an operation like this one and if parents feel as you do then they should choose not to perform the surgery.

    Michael Shaheen - I agree it is very great.

    buschsa
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that it is amazing that doctors can operate on an unborn baby and give it the chance to live a normal life. it is also risky because the baby could die during the surgery.
    I agree with Kathryn Cheek that the surgery can give the baby a better life and allow it to be normal
    I agree with Katherine Correll that it is completely up to the doctors and patients b/c they have to be comfortable with the surgery before they go through with it.

    Jack Mitchell
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that the parents should go through with this operation to have a child that can be born without a birth defect, but it might be wrong to execute because they would be disturbing the loving nature of the child.

    Owen - I agree that it will be good for a child to be born with a normal life

    Olivia - I also cannot believe that doctors are able to perform as much as they can

    borrellist
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think it is amazing that science has come so far. It is crazy that we can now do things like that. This new way of medicine could help tons of kids.

    wilmerel
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think they did the right thing to try the surgery. The child may not be perfect but at least she will be able to be better than she would have been and have a better chance with walking.
    I agree with Kathryn Cheek, I think it is risky but it can be perfected in a couple of years.
    I agree with Susannah Gleason, it is incredible and even though it's a risk, it might be one worth taking.

    borrellist
    Mar 14, 2011

    Christian- That would be cool except that this is a recent development and it would be difficult for doctors to have a great survival rate.

    Audrey-I agree that this is a strange topic and it can be seen in different ways.

    Emily Mace
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that it is really amazing how doctors can operate on a baby before it is even born. I think that the surgery was definitely a good thing even though it was very controversial. This surgery seems very risky, but if it is what the parents wants, I think they should operate on the baby.

    Susannah- I completely agree. If the parents want to have the surgery on their baby they should be able to.
    Annie- I like your comment. I agree with it.

    Emma Higgins
    Mar 14, 2011

    Molly- I agree with you, they are very lucky that they can have these opportunities
    Mary Martin- you're completely right about all the risks being too high

    wrightlu
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that the parents should not be criticized on their decision to go forward with a controversial procedure.

    Talley I also do agree that it is dangerous to the babies life but its amazing thats its available to parents to choose
    I agree with you william pfohl, the picture at the end is a beautiful shot.

    Audrey Murphy
    Mar 14, 2011

    Sean, I totally agree with your comment. I think that this procedure is astounding in that they doctors can cure the child of the defects that they would have and that it is beneficial.

    Peter, I agree with you as well. I think that while the outcome of the procedure is highly unpredictable, it would be a chance to eliminate a lifetime of difficulty.

    bondla
    Mar 14, 2011

    Katherine Correll- I completely agree, it is up to the parents of the child and they should have the decision.

    Lizzie- I agree with your comment that they made the right decision in taking the chance for bettering their child's life.

    sheltonpa
    Mar 14, 2011

    Talley Kelsey- I agree that its very dangerous but in the end, if successful, it will allow the child to live a normal life.
    Natalie Glaze- I agree that doctors should continue their experimenting with these kind of procedures

    evansam
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that this is a very dangerous operation but it can also save the babies live. Even though there is a small chance of survival it's still a chance.

    Luke Wright- I agree that parents should not be criticized for trying to save their child's life.
    Emily Mace- I agree it is an amazing surgery and it was definitely a good thing.

    oshaughnesseyja
    Mar 14, 2011

    I believe this is an amazing feat in the doctoral community. I am glad a group of surgeons could put forth this much energy into finding a cure for this birth defect and then perform the surgery successfully under pressure. I think it is a little unethical but also believe it is the parents decision to ponder this not the general public. Also glad the information came from Vanderbilt, go Commodores.

    gibsonma
    Mar 14, 2011

    Though the outcome is completely unpredictable and may do more damage than good, I believe that a positive outcome is such an incredible accomplishment. The fact that a doctor can operate on a baby inside of a woman is incredible and I never would have expected human knowledge of surgery to advance this far by now. It is truly amazing.

    Katherine - I completely agree that it should be the choice of the parents and surgeon. Those who are judging them have no right to since they are not put in the same situation.

    Emimac (Emily Mace) - I totally agree about the riskiness of the surgery and the doctors should only proceed if the parents really want to take this risk.

    oshaughnesseyja
    Mar 14, 2011

    Kate- I agreed with your comment, I wouldn't have ever thought of this being a good thing to try but after I read this and realized the baby is fine now and can live a better life I think it was worth it and I hope there are more successful surgeries like this in the future.

    Sean- I also agree with you, this was good starting point surgery that can be looked back on and improved to help many other babies with similar birth defects in the future.

    Katherine Spencer
    Mar 14, 2011

    A doctor operating on a baby that has not even been born yet it incredible, and it could help save babies from other diseases in the future. It is amazing how fast technology has advanced.
    Madgibs (Madeleine) - I agree with your comment about how amazing it is that the surgery turned out fine, it was a miracle with all the risks.
    Kate - I agree with your comment, and I feel the same way.

    Julia Peck
    Mar 14, 2011

    Susannah - I agree that it is a high risk but the fact that the doctors can do it is incredible and should definitely continue.
    Patrick Shelton - I agree, the things doctors do now are amazing

    pittmanan
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that this Born Twice article is very controversial and could be debated either way. I think that this is the parents choice but doctors shouldn't offer this operation unless it is needed. The parents should know what they would go through and how risky the procedure is.

    emma- i agree with you about how they should just keep things natural instead of disturbing it's nature unless this operation is severally needed
    emily- i agree how amazing it is how doctors can operate on a baby even before they are born and how risky it is.

    rousseaube
    Mar 14, 2011

    It's cool that this can be done, but the time and money is probably not worth it if the gene is passed on and this person's child might get this same disability and need an operation. It may sound cruel but it is probably better to let the child be born with the disability and not pass the gene on

    Peter Meyer- i somewhat agree with you that it is great, but it if this person has 4 kids and they all have 3 kids, this surgery could become a very common and neccesary procedure. it is probably best to not let it be passed on.

    James O'Shaughnessey- Vanderbilt stinks

    ledbetterjo
    Mar 14, 2011

    i thought this article was absolutely amazing personally i don't think this has anything to do with God as far as interfering with his work if anything it would be test seeing if you would do what it takes for your child and i don't know any loving parent who wouldn't want there child to live a better life and that is all they wanted for their child is that so wrong.

    ben- i agree with ben its amazing what scientist can do to help but i think by making small steps like this maybe one day scientist can cut out the infected gene but then people would say now scientist are trying to take the place of Gods work.

    i feel the same exact way as madeline it is crazy how they did this and is just a start to i more accurate and more successful outcome on future operations like this.

    mitchellro
    Mar 14, 2011

    I think that this article was very interesting. However, I think it's too dangerous to operate on a baby that hasn't undergone the whole pregnancy yet. I think there are too many factors that come into play with this.

    Jamie- I agree that this is a very amazing accomplishment for doctors.

    Drew- I agree that this isn't the most confident procedure, maybe we shouldn't try it too often.

    brinkleyjo
    Mar 15, 2011

    I think this article shows how much we have improved in science and technology. However, i don't know if we should interfere with the birth of child because it messes up God's work of art.

    ben- I agree that in time people would say that scientist are trying to duplicate God's work.

    clayton- I agree that doctors are advancing everyday in time.

    hayespa
    Mar 15, 2011

    I think it is great that we have found a way to cure things before they occur, in not only this, but in other areas of surgurey as well. I believe this process is ethical in all ways because it is up to the parents weather they want to take this risk, i don't think there's anything wrong with that.

    Joseph- I agree with how cool it is to show how much we've improved in science lately.

    Ben- That's a good point, it's like potentially having an abortion just so your child wouldn't have to live with a disease, but its up to the parents

    Grayson Adams
    Mar 15, 2011

    Joseph - You're 100% right. While it is impressive, it is not something I would support.

    Joshua - Again, while it is impressive, I don't know if that means it should be done.

    I think that in order to fully understand the situation, you’d have to be a parent in that position. As we advance in ways of surgery and technology, standards and ‘moral’ actions will change. At the moment, I find the concept of modifying your baby pre-maturely is not only wrong but a bit narcissistic. You should be content with your child regardless of the situation, and so they may have been, but if you were entirely content with your child, you would not be researching surgeries like the mother was.

    collinsma
    Mar 15, 2011

    Its amazing what science can accomplish! I believe the doctors made the right choice, just imagine what it would be like if you grew up not able to walk properly or even not at all. The parents and the doctors were just trying to create a better life for this little girl. This surgery changed this girls life, now she can walk normally verses needing assistance. Now she can play and run around like a normal little girl that she is.

    collinsma
    Mar 15, 2011

    Grey- You have a point but the surgery worked and now she has a better life because she can play sports and run around with her friends instead of being confined to her physical limitations.

    Roy- True but it was the only chance for this little girl to have a chance of walking normally

    ayersma
    Mar 15, 2011

    I think that it is a miracle that such a risky surgery was able to be preformed. If doctors had the ideas and technology to do this in 1999 then I can't imagine what would happen in that situation now, due to the technology and better education. I don't think that it was wrong to preform the surgery because if the mother didn't have it then the baby could have died and it would most likely have had life-long medical problems, and taking the risk of the surgery could have risked the same things but the parents were more comfortable with it.

    Josh- I agree with you completely, I think that the parents were putting their baby first and decided what would be a better life for her.

    Jamey- I agree with you on how amazing it is that the doctors put in all of their time and how they handle the situation.

    barberbl
    Mar 15, 2011

    I think its amazing how we can do surgery on an unborn baby and how this could lead to new technology and surgeries in the near future. If we could do more stuff like this, then the opportunities in this world would increase.

    Joseph- I disagree, I don't believe we should mess with the birth of a child, but if they are born with a defect or disease that could harm and drastically change their life, then we should change that if we can.

    Madison- I completely agree, the risk of this is high and I think it should be up to the parents whether or not to put their unborn child through this or not.

    Carter Lyles
    Mar 15, 2011

    First off this is sick. This is so disgusting in a mental manner, but also beautiful because it is life..but still it's just so disgusting. But hey, I mean, its the parents decision..I try not to think about what will happen later in life when i have kids. I would not even ugh this would be a hard decision. If we went through the procedure with my wife I'd be such a bad husband and not show up to the operation just for mental purposes. But hey whatever you can do to make a child's life better I'm all for. It is absolutely incredible that someone can go into a fetus and operate on such a tiny precious and fragile baby. It has to be such careful surgery though. It is extremely beautiful and such an interesting study/work in the medical world.

    Blake- I disagree and agree..Its kind of like cancer. If we found the cure for cancer (which i believe we have they just don't give it out for government reasons) think about how crazy the world population would get.

    Julia- I agree and disagree. It is beautiful and an amazing operation; however, the world population is what you ALWAYS have to keep in mind when dealing with new cures and surgery. Will it hurt us? Or save us? Or both? However, this would be a very difficult decision if it was my kid. That is where things split.

    THE TECHNOLOGY IS A M A Z I N G!!!! What if they did this in the 1800's or 1600's...they'd treat you like a God

    Navie Birdwell
    Mar 15, 2011

    I think that this is an interesting article because the technology and what doctors can do now is amazing and in this case it helped the babies life change. If the parents are up to the risk, then they should be able to have that choice. It is a very controversial topic and I think it is a very positive impact on our new technology.

    Anne Claire- I agree with you that the operation should not be offered but if the parents want to take the risk, they should let them.

    Molly- I agree with you because this baby, without the surgery, wouldn't have been able to do all those things and the risk was so big, but it changed the life of the baby completely.

    fosterca
    Mar 15, 2011

    I definitely think that if there is a chance where a baby can be saved from defects without having a severe chance of death, that it should be done. Every person should have the ability to live their life to its fullest. If there is a way to let a person have that opportunity, that person should be given the chance. In a way it is like playing God to operate on babies that suffer from the same problem but once the baby recovers enough, if it does, the baby will grow up to make a big change in many peoples' lives and can serve God in more ways than they could have without the surgery.

    Madison Ayers- I completely agree with you. I'm so glad that they were able to perform the surgery correctly.

    Amari- I agree with you. It was risky but in the long run, it was worth it.

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