Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Last October, I wrote about a mother who wanted to have a hysterectomy performed on her 15 year old daughter who has cerebral palsy. Katie Thorpe's mother said "She's not going to get married and she's not going to have children...Katie is not going to become a normal adult." Mrs. Thorpe also said, "All we are trying to do is keep and improve Katie's quality of life. By stopping menstruation it's allowing Katie to enjoy life to the full without the problems of menstruation...the mood swings, the tears, the stomach cramps, the pain, the discomfort, the embarrassment." Fortunately, doctors sought legal counsel before doing the surgery, and the verdict is now in - the request for surgery has been denied. Maybe that's why Katie seems so happy in the photo above.
Updates to Katie's story are reported here, here, and here.