Denise_Dudzinski_ Lecture Slides

April 1982 baby born with downs syndrome in in and

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April 1982, baby born with Down’s syndrome in IN and esophageal atresia (or tracheoesophageal fistula) Parents elected NOT to perform simple corrective surgery MD’s/hospital complied & baby died, court concurred Public outcry
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Baby Doe Regs President Reagan and HHS “discriminatory failure to feed an care for handicapped infants in this facility is prohibited by law” Hotline to report neglect, investigations at Vanderbilt & Univ. of Rochester
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Baby Doe Federal law: all medically indicated tx be provided to infants unless “such tx would merely prolong dying, not be effective in ameliorating or correcting all of the infant’s life-threatening conditions, or otherwise be futile in terms of the survival of the infant.” Prompted overtreatment & failed to distinguish complications of prematurity w/ congenital anomalies
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