By Diogenes (articles ) | January 22, 2007 12:26 PM
Two years ago, Anita Krach of Streamwood learned that her fetus had Down syndrome through a phone call from a perinatologist she had just met during the tests.
Later that day, the same doctor and a genetic counselor outlined the health problems associated with the condition at every stage of life for Krach and her husband, Michael.
"There was no positive thing that was said," Krach said. "Not one."
As Krach, then 18-weeks' pregnant, left the emotional session, the genetic counselor warned her not to call a Down syndrome support group because, she said, "they'll paint a rosy picture."
Read that last sentence again. And again.
First off, the very fact that we're talking about a support group shows the persons involved can't be unaware of the hardship. But more to the point, since when does first-hand experience of a complex human situation disqualify the opinion of those who have it?
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Posted by: voxfem -
Jan. 22, 2007 10:04 PM ET USA
It would be nice to think the counselor was suspended from her job until she received some sensitivity training. Oh right, that's just for people who discriminate against the approved list of victims.
Posted by: Hammer of Heretics -
Jan. 22, 2007 7:43 PM ET USA
The doctor's closing comment shows that even doctors are capable of learning. Three cheers for the mother of Gigi! Many more Down's Syndrome children may be given the opportunity to live because of her efforts. What a tragedy that so many parents take the wrong-headed advice of well-meaning, but stupid, physicians.
Posted by: -
Jan. 22, 2007 5:08 PM ET USA
The arrogant professions have all the politically correct answers, and do not tolerate any dissent from their "knowledge". But those who believe simply in what the Son of God and His bride have to say are supposedly the fools. The last judgment is going to be very, very interesting, to say the least. Jashu