Ethics final paper
1. Mr. and Mrs. S will talk to their youngest child in the most loveable caring way they can; they care deeply enough for their kids that they go the extra mile for them no matter what. I feel that the conversation will go something like this: Mrs. S will be the one to answer the child, as I find in the case study that she has the more emotional side to her from the fact of her crying to the husband from what the friend said, which was completely unacceptable. I also feel that depending on the age of the child when they ask the question about their circumstances of birth, that the response will be different to the age. I will go ahead and say that she is 14 when she asks her parents the great question—around the age when kids are educated about sex and reproduction in school. So I feel she will ask by then. The mother will answer back with: you know how your brother was sick at a point in time; he was very sick with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. And he was going to die soon from it, so me and your father had to do something about it. So the doctor told us about vitro fertilization and pre implantation, and we decided to go that route and it was the best choice because we were able to have another child who we can love and that we can also save one too. The doctor took my egg out of me and your dad’s sperm out of him and looked at them to find the best way to combine them so that they can match your brother’s blood type because your other brother wasn’t a match for him. After they made it a match, they put the fertilized egg back into me so that I can have a child. That child was you and when you were born, you helped your brother get better because of your bone marrow. If it wasn’t for you, your brother wouldn’t be here right now and also if it wasn’t for him being sick, you wouldn’t be here either. Your brother made a life and you saved a life, which is beautiful and me and your father are thankful for this.
2. It all depends if she was brought up (raised) with empathy and serenity from her parents. By this we could predict on how she will act in an emotional way to her brother passing away from the failed treatment. From the shown care of the parents in the case study, I can see that they will raise their kids with what is right: care, passion, love, empathy and etc. from her being raised up with these morals, I can expect for her not to show any guilt in her brother’s death but only admiration, love and gratefulness for her brother. Because if it wasn’t for him, her life wouldn’t have existed. She might feel bad that the treatment didn’t work, but she won’t feel that it was her fault that he died because she would know why and how he died and that what he had was very fatal. This can empower her to do great in her life at helping others. She will take away from this in a positive way, not a negative way. This also all depends on when the brother died too because if he died when she was just a baby, it would be hard for her to have such strong feelings towards her brother’s death because she couldn’t remember him. Memory can play a great part in our feeling towards people. We tend to have more feelings for people that we have shared time with. If the brother did die after the treatment, others might feel that it was a waste of time to bring a life into the world with a specific purpose. For people who might think this way, they are rotten and mean people to say that any attempt to help save or bring life onto this planet is a waste. Those people don’t know what it is to love and care for one another.
3. The ethics committee might be involved in this case if the baby they were having was only conceived for the purpose of saving the son, and it wasn’t going to live after the donation because it couldn’t survive the donation process. If the parents had to make a decision because it was the only means of saving the boy, then this can be a huge reason for the ethics committee…