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If this was your child would you keep him alive?

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    Baby was born without a brain. Literally does not have a brain, just a brain stem. Can't think, has no emotions, can't feel pain, none of that.



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    I don't want a child anyway, but no I wouldn't. It would be a lot easier for the child and the parents if the child was given euthanasia.
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    Poor kid, but no I wouldn't. It's not fair on him or the family
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    Looking up about the condition, the vast majority are stillborn anyway, and the longest surviving lived for 2 1/2 years.
    I don't see why you would necessarily want to kill it, since it does not suffer, and it will not cause a lifetime of difficulty for the parent.
    Although the child's existance is essentially 'pointless' I dont think that's a good reason to kill it.
    I'm not a parent though, so I can't really answer...
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    That's not living. I wouldn't, no.
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    It's just a robot essentially, if all it has is its brain stem, so probably not.
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    I heard about this recently, I feel so sorry for the family. I think I would have aborted in this situation, but allowing the baby to be born means the family are always going to love him so they'd want to keep him alive as long as possible. The picture won't come up, but if it's the boy I think you're talking about did he die in the end or is he still alive? The most recent stuff online I could find about him was a couple of years old.
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    (Original post by Katterson)
    Looking up about the condition, the vast majority are stillborn anyway, and the longest surviving lived for 2 1/2 years.
    I don't see why you would necessarily want to kill it, since it does not suffer, and it will not cause a lifetime of difficulty for the parent.
    Although the child's existance is essentially 'pointless' I dont think that's a good reason to kill it.
    I'm not a parent though, so I can't really answer...
    Actually, that is incorrect. David Cameron is well into his forties, and seems to be in the zenith of health.
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    No. It's not really a human.
    It's a very sad situation, but it will never have the capacity to think, love or be conscious in any way.
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    Like the video said they include him in everything so I guess you'd want to keep him alive.
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    How can he not feel pain? That condition is sooo weird...
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    Well it's pretty easy to decide right now considering I'm childless and not expecting but had I just given birth to the poor lil mite I bet I wouldn't be willing to throw in the towel immediately.

    I'd feel guilt both if I had the child euthanised and if I didn't. I imagine as long as there is no pain for the lil one I would just wait until the inevitable occurs or evidene of any suffering. I couldn't allow them to suffer.
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    He doesn't know the difference, and will die eventually, so yes. He is close to death, anyway.
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    If I was in that condition I would expect to be euthanised... It would be an awful life to live in a shell.
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    Yes, I'd keep him alive because I'm not a murderer.
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    I don't think anyone could say they'd kill him unless they actually went through what the family have been through. It's easy to judge from a computer screen.
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    No of course not. There would literally be no point? He would just be kept alive for the point of it? I know this is a cruel analogy but it's true; it's like having a pet rock, except it's going to take up masses of your time, and neither you or the rock is going to appreciate or obtain anything from it. There comes a point when life is cruel and unnecessary - if there is a heaven (which I personally do not believe) he'd have a far better time there.
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    It's one of those cases where it's easy to say "no, I wouldn't keep him alive, he's just a shell of a human, etc. etc." when you're an outsider looking in, but when you've carried the baby for nine months and given birth to him and have that bond, it's a totally different story. I can understand why they're holding on with him - brain or not, he's still her child, and she's enjoying every second she can with him before the inevitable happens. I really feel for her.
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    I'm not sure. My strongest feeling is that if he isn't suffering, can have a reasonable quality of life and it's likely that he will die soon anyway, I'd say let the family enjoy as much time with him as they can. It's a tricky one though, would I do everything I could to keep him alive indefinitely? Probably not.
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    (Original post by philistine)
    Actually, that is incorrect. David Cameron is well into his forties, and seems to be in the zenith of health.
    Ahahahahahahahhahahahaha brilliant!

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