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    Frank and Greta live with their daughter, Alice aged 13.

    Unfortunately Alice has developed an aggressive cancer of the jaw bone. Alice has undergone a number of cycles of chemotherapy which has not halted the size of the cancer. Mr Patel, her consultant, wishes to perform an operation which will involve harvesting skin and bone from her thighs to rebuild her jaw. In his opinion without the operation Alice will die within a few months but with the operation she has a 60% chance of surviving beyond five years. Her parents are against the operation and feel strongly that they should seek opinions and treatment from complementary practitioners. Mr Patel has informed Greta and Frank that they will need to be fully committed to her after-care as she will require a great deal of post operative support. Alice is persuaded by her parents’ arguments into refusing the surgery. She also does not want to grow up with a deformed face; she is disgusted about the thought of the skin graft and also about the prospects of not being able to chew food for several months after surgery.
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