I work in the health industry very often in the private sector. I can confidently say that there are many older patients getting arduous treatments for diseases they will not survive.
So their remaining months are spent tubed up in a hospital vs palliative care at home.
Often this is done at the adult kids request - "save my mom/dad". I've seen doctors fear mongering some people into treatment they cannot afford or survive.
Then I've seen other doctors try and talk people's family out of treatment as its extremely debilitating.
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11-04-2016 09:32 #71
11-04-2016 09:44 #72
As much as anyone thinks they can judge these parents, I'm sure they are judging themselves even harder.
I probably wouldn't withhold treatment but he's not my child. I can't even imagine that unfathomable choice, it makes me sick to think about it. The only parents who would truly understand are those who have faced it.
Death is an awful, awful outcome but surely quality of life has to factor in somewhere. It's an impossibly sad situation.
Slamming the parents for using dr Google and other alternative therapies, after watching one sensationalised interview is a bit unfair. Unless you've sat in a room with them and talked to them, how do you really know how they feel of what they've tried.
11-04-2016 09:57 #73
11-04-2016 10:49 #74
My niece was diagnosed with a liver cancer with a tumour the size of an orange at 4 mths old, and with chemo and surgery to remove 70% of her liver was given a 60% chance of survival (and that means still alive in 5yrs). The first 2 yrs of her life were hell, and on several occasions she almost didn't make it, as the treatment was so aggressive.
Today, she is a delightful, rambunctious 7yo little girl. She has some issues as a result of her treatment (some developmental delays and hearing loss etc from the chemo). She is terrified of medical professionals...but she is alive and thriving. I'm pretty sure my niece would say she is glad he parents took that chance with her, despite how traumatic and how poor her quality of life was for a while..
Dr's choose palliation for child patients all the time, in this case they believe the child has a reasonable chance....Surely he deserves that chance?
11-04-2016 11:10 #75
60 minutes: court order treatment for child
I would imagine it's a risk of brain damage that is worrying the parents.
DH and I discussed this last night using this analogy.
You're standing on a burning platform. If you don't jump you will die. If you do jump there's a 50% chance you'll live but of that 50% there's a 75% chance you'll be a tetraplegic. What would you choose?
11-04-2016 11:11 #76
11-04-2016 11:14 #77
11-04-2016 11:18 #78
60 minutes: court order treatment for child
I don't know about this anymore to be honest. I had thought they'd already done some treatment for their son more than the removal of the tumour. It seems they haven't.
I would take the chemo and radiation even knowing the risks. Whether I'd force another parent to or not I don't know.
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11-04-2016 11:23 #79
11-04-2016 11:28 #80
I just read the whole transcript and I have to agree that the right decision has been made.
This is about giving a little boy a fighting chance at beating this illness. Saving his life IS in fact, a possibility.
The medical professionals have fought for what they think is right for Oshin - surely if they thought it was better to let nature take it's course they wouldn't be fighting for him to the extent of taking it to the courts?
Even though I do not agree with the decisions the parents have made concerning treatment, I still feel incredibly sorry for them. They genuinely believe they are putting their son's best interests first, and to be forced to go against that choice is a feeling I can't imagine.
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