(Closed) What would you do? [kids related]

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

geez – that is heartbreaking and I don’t even want to think about that happening to a child. If faced with the situation there is no telling what I would do but seeing as I’m not currently faced with this scenario I would have to say I would do everything in my power to save that childs life including removing a body part. I’d rather them have a fighting chance at life without an eye then having to fight for his life with said body part.

Post # 4
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It’s hard to say what I’d do until I’m in those shoes.

But I’d like to think, in the situation you gave above, I’d remove the tumor and eye.  I’d rather have a healthy, alive child with 1 eye than a sick child or worse.

Post # 5
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would guess that there was some risk associated with taking the eye at the time, or the doctors assured them that they had a good chance of solving the problem other ways. I can’t imagine refusing to let them take my child’s eye, otherwise.

This is a hard topic, though. It’s hard to know what you’d do in the situation, but I think the vast majority of parents think long & hard about their decisions & do what they truly believe is best.

Post # 6
4153 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I think if it was the only option, definitely the eye.  I’d obviously want to try everything else first, but it’s not my body and it’s not my eye so I’d prefer to take the doctors advice. I’d possible seek a second opinion first though.  Perhaps from a specialist place like GOS.

Sorry to hear about your mum’s friends grandkid though.  It’s so sad.

Post # 7
3776 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I was in that situation.  It wasn’t to save her life but it was to avoid a risky series of lengthening surgeries that could have resulted in amputation anyway.  Making the choice to let the drs. amputate my 10 month old daughter’s leg was one of the most agonizing choices I have had to make, but it wasn’t about me.  It was about giving her the best chance at a good quality life.  People amaze me with there inability to get over themselves and do what is best for their children.

Post # 8
1351 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@MrsFuzzyFace:  I admire your strength and courage in this situation. God bless you!

Post # 9
1686 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

So sorry they are going through that. Cancer is awful and vicious.

Having seen its effects up close and personal, I would’ve considered an eye a small price to pay. Or a hand or foot. You can replace any of those with a prosthesthesis. 

My heart goes out to those parents, though. For the rest of their lives they’re going to blame themselves for making the wrong decision, though they did the best they could at that moment. I hope they can be kind to themselves.

Post # 11
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would do everything in my power to make my sure that tumor would get out of my child. I would rather my child have a missing part than be taken from me completely and miss out on a full-life. The advances in technology and medicine we have now are amazing: if I had to choose to remove my child’s eye now, that doesn’t mean they can’t have a new one (real tissue) in the future!

And just because you’re missing a limb doesn’t mean you’re less of a person or that you will accomplish less. I think a lot of people forget that.

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