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Annie's Story: an Ethical Tragedy

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Published on Mar 8, 2011

The life and death of a much loved baby with a genetic condition associated with disabilities.
The Coroner's committee declared that the care provided did not represent an appropriate form of of care. The hospital apologized for communication. To this day, the cause of respiratory distress has not been explained. Whether or not Annie could still be alive will never be known. System records reveal that two lethal quantities of narcotics were signed out in Annie's name in the final hours (100 mcg Fentanyl, 20mg Morphine) however no narcotic related records pertaining to doctors orders, administration and wastage have ever been provided.

The circumstances of Annie's death demand a reflection of ethical practices and a consideration of eugenic practices in a public health care system. If a genetic condition can be detected and pregnancy terminated, does it lead to a denial of care for babies born with the conditions? What are the implications should this be the case? anniefarlow@gmail.com

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