The Perfect Case?
Law, Politics, Ethics, and Genetics
- A baby is born in an Indiana hospital on April 09, 1982 (AKA baby Doe).
- He is diagnosed as Down syndrome with tracheoesophageal fistula (Figure 9.1):
Figure 9.1 Normal anatomy and fistula
In normal anatomy (shown in Figure 9.1), the esophagus is totally separate from the trachea, but in the other image, the stomach and trachea are fused, and the food eaten would fill up and back up into the trachea, causing serious breathing problem.
- The doctor delivers the baby and sees serious problems.
- He informs the parents about the child and a surgery that can fix the malformation, ...