Last edited by VicPark; 12-04-2016 at 19:25.
[/QUOTE]Also, I think people keep confusing the '5 year' thing. It's not their life expectancy, it's the chance of being alive still AT 5 years. Not sure how I can make that any clearer.
Yes! A huge amount of misconceptions are showing through in this thread.
Also, every decision a dr makes for a patient involves risk vs benefit. I am lucky to have a GP who takes a lot of time explaining things to me. So if she thinks my child needs antibiotics for an illness, for example, she will tell me the risks, but why she thinks ab's are neccesary. Or she will say that she doesnt think ab's are neccesary & that the risk & side effects outweighs the need/ benefit. Obviously the dr's in this case felt like the benefit of chemo & radiation outweighed the risks. Surely an oncologist would be very accustomed to asssessing whether chemo was worth a shot. They are not in the practice of wanting to put a child through treatment if they didnt think it would help.
Furthermore - I'm not sure why people keep comparing this case to aged care and end of life care. This isnt an elderly person,who is prolonging the inevitable by a couple of years. This is a CHILD, with a 50% chance of survival and their entire life ahead of them! IMO it is NOTHING like prolonging life in the elderly or when there is absolutely no hope
There have been updates on the little boy; reports say he would have had 80% chance of survivial with radiotherapy &chemotherapy. His parents & the courts have comprimised with chemo only, which other news sites were saying will give him a little longer than if he had nothing, but it's expected that he will survive 12 months. Just devastating.
I'm lost for words, the poor boy.
Found the below article - seems the recent change was that the judge rules he wouldn't force the boy to undergo radiotherapy. Sounds like the parents left it too late poor little man. Xx
Last edited by VicPark; 20-05-2016 at 21:04.
I was outraged re the look on the mothers face as she left court, her smile will haunt me I think. So so sad, if they had only allowed him to be treated much sooner... I'm devastated for this poor boy who hasn't been given a chance and outraged re the stupidity of the parents. So so angry
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