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13 year old kid refuses heart transplant

Posted in Kidz, Say what?, Social, Stiri/News with tags , , on November 12, 2008 by Le Roi

A 13 year old girl from the UK refused a heart transplant, choice that might lead to her death.

Hannah, from Marden, 145 miles (233 kilometers) from London, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4. Doctors later found a heart defect. In eight years, she has had chemotherapy and nearly a dozen operations.

“I’ve been in hospital too much — I’ve had too much trauma,” she told Sky News on Tuesday.

What the doctors say:

“Clearly the welfare of the child is paramount,” said Sally Stucke, a pediatrician with the Herefordshire Primary Care Trust where Hannah was receiving treatment. “Pediatricians will always consider the child’s best interests at all times and this would include the child’s medical, emotional and psychological well-being.” “No one can be forced to have a heart transplant,” she said.

Dr. Tony Calland, who chairs the British Medical Association’s medical ethics committee, told BBC radio that a 13-year-old like Hannah, supported by her parents, should be “perfectly capable” of making such a decision. “Decisions to refuse life-prolonging treatment are always extremely difficult and emotive,” he said. “What is paramount is that decisions are made in the best interests of the patient.”

What she says:

“I just decided there were too many risks, and even if I took it there might be a bad outcome,” Hannah said. “There is a chance that I may be OK, and there’s a chance that I may not be as well as I could be, but I’m willing to take that chance.”

I can’t say anything.

(source MSNBC)