Medicine: Sight v. Life

With the approval of both his parents, Johnny Pair of Atlanta had his left eye removed two years ago to check the spread of cancer (retinoblastoma) along nerve pathways to the brain. Now Johnny, 5, has suffered a recurrence of the disease. His right eye is gradually losing its sight, and doctors say that unless it is soon removed he will certainly die. If he is operated on, they give him an even chance of survival. His mother, Mrs. Bessie Pair, 32, favors the operation. But she is now divorced from Arnold Pair, 36, and surgeons refuse to operate without the...

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