Saturday, November 3, 2007

A Parenting Problem...

From the UK's Daily Mail:

They say twins share a strong bond - but the one between Gabriel and Ieuan Jones was unbreakable.
When doctors found that Gabriel was weaker than his brother, with an enlarged heart,and believed he was going to die in the womb, his mother Rebecca Jones had to make a heartbreaking decision.
Doctors told her his death could cause his twin brother to die too before they were born, and that it would be better to end Gabriel's suffering sooner rather than later.
Mrs Jones decided to let doctors operate to terminate Gabriel's life.
Firstly they tried to sever his umbilical cord to cut off his blood supply, but the cord was too strong.
They then cut Mrs Jones's placenta in half so that when Gabriel died, it would not affect his twin brother.
But after the operation which was meant to end his life, tiny Gabriel had other ideas.
Although he weighed less than a pound, he put up such a fight for survival that doctors called him Rocky.
Astonishingly, he managed to carry on living in his mother's womb for another five weeks - until the babies were delivered by caesarean section.
Now he and Ieuan are back at home in Stoke - and are so close they are always holding each other's hand.
Mrs Jones, 35, a financial adviser whose husband Mark, 36, is a car salesman, said: "It really is a miracle. Doctors carried out an operation to let Gabriel die - yet he hung on.
"It was unbelievable."
This seems to me to be an argument against abortion. Whatever this kid accomplishes in life, before birth me was deemed not worth trying to save.

Also, when this kid becomes a teenager, he will win every fight with his mother. "Mom, you always favor Ieuan, you never tried to abort him". And it seems that almost being aborted will be a hindrance to a great parent child relationship. I also wonder how they are going to tell him about their decision- "Honey, we seriously thought it would be for the best... Better to die sooner than later...um, well we didn't abort you, did we? Be thankful for what you've got."

Not a good situation.

9 Comments:

At November 4, 2007 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Beth said...

This is a delicate situation to say the least. Many who survive disasters while those around them perish feel a great sense of why me? And for what purpose did I survive when maybe I shouldn't have?

I think every life has a purpose, and that is why I am pro-life. I believe in natural death as the only thing that should end a precious life. God blessed this family with twins, and thankfully they both have a chance to serve their purpose.

 
At November 4, 2007 at 4:48 PM , Blogger MTHorvat said...

A very good story, Daniel.
Here is a PowerPoint slide show about an abortion survivor. Her mother aborted her, but she lived. She has handicaps as a result, but she thanks God every day for life, even though her mother still has never apologized or accepted her. It is God who gives life at birth; we will answer to him for any interference.
http://www.traditioninaction.org/Cultural/Powerpoints/E004_Abortion_1.pps

 
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