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!