You love your kid? Too bad! UPDATES!

It’s really too bad that you love your three-year old daughter who needs a kidney transplant, because you know what? We’re not giving her one because she’s retarded!:

I begin to shake. My whole body trembles and he begins to tell me how she will never be able to get on the waiting list because she is mentally retarded.

A bit of hope. I sit up and get excited.

“Oh, that’s ok! We plan on donating. If we aren’t a match, we come from a large family and someone will donate. We don’t want to be on the list. We will find our own donor.”

“Noooo. She—is—not—eligible –because—of—her—quality– of –life—Because—of—her—mental—delays” He says each word very slowly as if I am hard of hearing.’
He pauses as if he is choosing his words carefully. “I have been warned about you. About how involved you and your family are with Amelia.”

Imagine that — a mother and a family being “involved” with their developmentally delayed daughter. The nerve. And they want this lesser being, this thing of theirs to have a surgery that should be saved for real people whose lives matter! Not that thing in the stroller!

Oh, we are in for some seriously terrific battles, folks!

Right now, I kind of wish Ted Kennedy were alive. Many don’t realize it, but a case like this was precisely the sort of circumstance under which he’d pull together his little Irish cabal of doctors and friends and get the thing done.

Right now, that’s what this family needs: a well-connected advocate, like Ted Kennedy.

I know it’s an irony, seeing as how his commitment to socialized medicine helped pave the way for Obamacare and the “death panels” even Paul Krugman admits will come into play.

Assessing people as units is evil. Determining that they will not receive life-saving treatment because their life doesn’t seem like much to you, is evil.

Amelia’s life is the life she has. She’s entitled to it.

The internet brings light

ABC News has picked up the story:

Instapundit links! Thank you Glenn Reynolds!

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  • gus3

    “…among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Maureen, yes, unpleasant, and crooked, as many politicians are, sometimes it’s actually better to have some slimeball, with connections, on your side, when facing a heartless bureaucracy, then a social worker, or some such “helping” person. “Crooks and creeps” do have their uses, sometimes.

    Again, if the real problem was that the child might not have been physically capable of handling a transplant, or that her immune system wasn’t up to it—the parents should have been told this. They should not have been told that the reason was because the child is mentally retarded. And they should have offered some alternative treatment, such as dialysis.

    But, sadly, I think the doctor was speaking for the hospital here

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    DonM, you have a point. Many people have forgotten that before Hitler went after the Jews, and the Poles, he rounded up the mentally retarded and chronically ill—the “useless eaters” in Nazi terminology.

  • Kralizec

    A hospital with the acronym “CHOP” should guard itself from bad press as from a reef. Meet the Kidney Transplantation and Dialysis of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Hope lives here”! CHOP! “Our expert team is committed to providing your child the best possible care….” CHOP!

  • SDN

    Todd, assertion is not evidence. Links or you’re a liar.

  • Todd

    SDN, among the top google sites for “Governor Brewer death panels” would be this:

    “Links or you’re a liar.”

    Concede that conservatives possess no moral high ground or you demonstrate a textbook example of hypocrisy.

    Nice name-calling, by the way. If you’re going to attempt to persuade, you have to do better than sandbox behavior. Or imitate former speakers of the House.

  • TheOldMan

    How will an adult kidney fit in a three year old child? AFAIK you cannot cut a kidney to fit and still have it work.

  • Kralizec

    The points made on both sides, including Todd’s tu quoque arguments against “conservatives” or “Republicans,” all seem to be evidence in that having governments at the center of controversies as to who shall receive care, and who shall not, will be dangerous to the stability of governments, because respect for the governments will be eroded on all sides. Todd may be right that it doesn’t matter which formal party or which ideological party holds power. To repeat, although he is trying to support the contrary side, what he says goes to the point that for the sake of the people’s respect for sound governments, one should avoid putting officials in the position of allocating medicine. Having officials in the thick of this seems detrimental to sound government, no matter who the officials are, and whether they want to be in the thick of it or not. An important reason that Western governments are running huge deficits and facing insolvency is that they are already too much involved in allocating care, whether in the form of programs like Medicare and Medicaid or in the form of programs like Social Security and some other sorts of retirement pensions. In his own way, Todd seems to be right: It doesn’t matter who holds the offices. Governments will spend their countries and municipalities into bankruptcy to maintain the favor of the people, and they will still fail on both counts.

  • EBL
  • Kevin Davis

    Todd, a link to the ravings of a lefty agitprop site do not count as support, and actually harm your “arguments”.

  • Beatrix

    Maureen says:
    January 18, 2012 at 1:24 am
    “Anyway… the point is not “Ted Kennedy, thou shouldst be living at this hour!” but that somebody with clout and connections, who cared, would be a useful thing for our society. Unfortunately, the current liberal political elite don’t mostly have such sympathies.”

    I suppose I’m a mad idealist, but the idea of having to go scraping cap-in-hand to any politician (let alone Chappaquiddick Ted) begging him to exercise some nobless oblige and not let doctors deny life-saving treatment to a little girl is just too “medieval serf” for me to like it.

  • EBL

    That Mark Wahlberg interview clip is off topic, but I thought you would like it…so FYI. It is refreshing to see someone from Hollywood be so sincere about issues of faith.

  • doc

    Love the satire Todd…you had me there until I saw the story headline along the side of that site that read, “Occupy Wall Street Gains Legitimacy”. Was this some Arizona version of The Onion?

  • Sarahw

    There’s more to the story. Directed donations aren’t prevented by retardation per se.
    Insurance funding might not be available because the procedure is of little medical benefit in terms of longevity or quality of life; the child has additional issues as well that make the transplant unwise.

  • Francis J. Beckwith

    Todd writes: “Concede that conservatives possess no moral high ground or you demonstrate a textbook example of hypocrisy.” This type of ‘reasoning’ is, unfortunately, the dominant mode of discourse in our contemporary democracy. Instead of thinking of our political engagement as a mutual pursuit of justice, we, conservatives included, make it a hetorical chess match to see who can claim to be the most virtuous or the most wise. For myself, I am both vicious and stupid, by nature. It is only when I set myself aside–”die to myself,” as Jesus would have put it–that I can begin to even see a glimmer of the wisdom to which I ought to gravitate. The Todds of the world–both inside and outside the world cyberspace–do not seek justice or wisdom. They seek greater degrees of injustice and idiocy in their partisan adversaries in order to give themselves an elevated sense of moral superiority. When the exposure of this does not result in shame, it means that its advocates are actually worse than the hypocrites they despise. It is one thing not to practice what you preach; it is quite another to condition one’s self esteem in discovering that others don’t practice what they preach. This is a special sort of wickedness.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Sarahw, it will might be that this child has physical problems which might make a transplant unfeasible in her particular case, or there were problems with insurance. . .

    But, as I keep pointing out—if this was the case, why didn’t the doctor simply say so? Why would he tell them she’s being rejected because of her retardation, and not suggest any alternative treatments, telling the parents to, in effect, just let their child die? And why haul in a social worker to bully them—someone whose area of expertise isn’t medicine, and who doubtless knows nothing about transplants.

    One can only surmise that the doctor was being deliberately cruel to the parents (because they had a “defective” child, and he was angered by their persistence in seeking treatment for her) or he was unable to express himself properly, either through ignorance, or poor English skills (in which case they should have sent in another doctor)—-or he, and the social worker, were saying exactly what the hosptial wanted them to say. Given that the hospital would probably have had to give their permission to bring in the social worker. . . so far, this is the explanation that makes the most sense.

    (Francis, what Todd is really after, alas, is the ongoing dropping of meaningless stinkbombs.)

  • dork lungfish

    An alarmingly large number of doctors these days, as well as nurses, are starting to take on this creepy, insectoid attitude about the value of human lives in their care. It might make sense in a war zone in a desperately understaffed field hospital, but in what is still the wealthiest nation on earth where Obamacare has not yet taken hold, and it’s the 21st century?

  • Alyson

    Go get em!!! We’re rooting for you, and we’re rooting for you, Amelia. They have no idea what treasure your little package of a girl is holding in her heart. They lose.
    God Bless.
    Joyful stepmom to 2, mom to 7 including a precious 5-year-old with Down syndrome.

  • Greta

    Unless ObamaCare is eliminated in total, stories like this will be common in a few years. Oh no scream the liberals, this is not true. They said the same thing about killing babies, that it now would be safe and rare rather than back alley. 54 million dead babies later, we have grown where many accept this and try to say it is ok to support those keeing the abortion mills running and supported and legal. Now it is a womans right no matter what her reason is for the murder. Only a fool who refuses to see history of every move down the wrong path we are taking today in this country away from God rather than one nation under God would not see this type situation as the norm under what the Democrats what in our future with death panels and government run healthcare. They would say this child should have been terminated long ago and not further support will be provided.