Pillow Angel Ethics

A controversy rages around the parents' decision to stunt the growth of their severely disabled daughter

What kind of doctors would agree to shorten and sterilize a disabled 6-year-old girl to make it easier for her parents to take care of her? Dr. Daniel Gunther and Dr. Douglas Diekema, who revealed the details of the Ashley Treatment in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, were intent on improving the life of the child whose parents call her their "pillow angel"; they think their critics don't understand the extreme nature of this case. The critics, especially advocates for the disabled, think the doctors don't understand the true cost of what they have done. Talk to all sides,...

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