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July 05, 2005

7:30 Report

To watch oneself being interviewed on television is rather disconcerting. But to watch images of your fragile son, even ones from years gone by, was an intensely emotional experience. Tonight's 7:30 Report: Is a tiny life worth saving? piece on the challenges facing infants born at the threshold of viability was well-balanced without really grappling with the depth of the issues (what can one do in six or seven minutes with such a loaded topic?) I confess to butterflies, wondering which aspects of a long interview would appear and in what context they would be set. One does not have to say the wrong thing: it is a matter of the context in which they sit which can create as many problems!

What fascinates me is that there is a focus on the initial decisions and not the ongoing impact of those decisions, as well as the experience that accompanies them. It is hard to imagine that someone could be given such power over another life and remain unchanged. To contemplate the possibility of terminating treatment of a loved one is no easy choice, yet places the power of life and death in ill-prepared hands. Such is the power of modern medicine.

Posted by gary at July 5, 2005 10:23 PM

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