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Old 08.02.2011, 11:18
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France: first "saviour sibling"

A baby was conceived (in vitro) and selected to save elder brother from a genetic disease. First time this happens in France.
Quite a moral challenge for the parents and the medical staff.


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Re: France: first "saviour sibling"

In a book on that topic, the younger sister gets to a point where she no longer wishes to have needles stuck in her, and spend half her life in hospital, constantly missing out on school, when she herself wasn't even sick..

It is a tough tough call, choosing the welfare of one of your children over the other.

We are at a strange point in history where science moves so fast, the laws on protecting the innocents cannot keep up.
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In a book on that topic, the younger sister gets to a point where she no longer wishes to have needles stuck in her, and spend half her life in hospital, constantly missing out on school, when she herself wasn't even sick..

It is a tough tough call, choosing the welfare of one of your children over the other.

We are at a strange point in history where science moves so fast, the laws on protecting the innocents cannot keep up.
If it's the book I think you are referring to then it's FICTION. And also it transpires in the plot that the girl is refusing on her sick sister's request as she no longer wants her life prolonged. So on both counts not relevant.
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If it's the book I think you are referring to then it's FICTION. And also it transpires in the plot that the girl is refusing on her sick sister's request as she no longer wants her life prolonged. So on both counts not relevant.
I think it is relevant, in that it shows the situation 13 years on, when the umbilical cord stem cell donation didn't work, but still the parents keep trying. Seldom do people get an insight into a possible future when making life changing decisions.

As the article shows, the first "saviour sibling" was (reported to have been) born in 2000. This child will/may turn 11 this year.

As many of our origins are less than ideal, i dont feel how he was created is really an issue, more is the issue, when does he get a real choice over what happens to his body?
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If it's the book I think you are referring to then it's FICTION. And also it transpires in the plot that the girl is refusing on her sick sister's request as she no longer wants her life prolonged. So on both counts not relevant.
Fiction or not, I think it shows a picture of what can and actually may happen.

Heck, I had only normal sibling rivalry issues that hit particularly hard starting around the time my older sis was 12 and I was 10, she *may* have been toast on some days if it were a question of "her or me." My sis really was very nasty and mean when we were teens, I can easily imagine how much worse she could have been if she knew I was there "only" to save her.
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Re: France: first "saviour sibling"

The elderly will live with the eternal debt from the younger. The younger "saviour" will spend life trying to proove to the world that there is more in him/her than a medical rescue box. I can imagine the feelings of the parents, but for the siblings it's going to be quite a challenge to manage that.
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