Anencephaly baby in Nepal(warning distrubing image)

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  1. SRK85

    SRK85 MedTech Student 2+ Year Member

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  3. NonTradMed

    NonTradMed Perpetual Student 7+ Year Member

    Wow....that's pretty interesting stuff. Kind of makes me want to go into perinatology now.
     
  4. PurpleHaze

    PurpleHaze Takin it day by day 10+ Year Member

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    That's just.. whoa.
     
  5. Trookie

    Trookie Senior Member 5+ Year Member

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    Is that a reliable news source? The baby looks fake! And it's kind of crazy that the parents allowed their deceased child to be toted around in the streets for people to gawk at.
     
  6. OSUdoc08

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  7. SRK85

    SRK85 MedTech Student 2+ Year Member

    Im not sure if thats most relaible news source but its a real medical problem, theres sites about it look under the wikipedia for links.
     
  8. Trookie

    Trookie Senior Member 5+ Year Member

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    Yes, I know it's a real condition. :)
     
  9. docB

    docB Chronically painful Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    What topic in healthcare does this bring up? Was this posted just to be a side show attraction? Anencephaly is a well known, well documented birth defect.
     
  10. SRK85

    SRK85 MedTech Student 2+ Year Member

    I don't know I thought health care was the best area to put it. This is the 1st time I was brought to the attention of Anencephaly, and I thought it was interesting.
     
  11. jonathon

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    Since I have an interest in birth defects, training to be a scientist who does research with birth defects, I spent some time analyzing the picture in great detail. Since the best I can do is look at this picture online right now, I will say that the chances are that the baby is real.

    I'm assuming that the mother did not have an ultrasound done. If she would have, the birth defect would have been identified.

    The baby living for a few minutes after birth occurs in ~ 30% of the time for anencephaly patients.

    This lady lacked folic acid in her diet.

    If you think that image is bad, check this one out.

    http://images.google.com/imgres?img...=anencephaly&start=20&svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&sa=N

    check this image out as well:

    http://isc.temple.edu/neuroanatomy/lab/embryo_new/nt/4/spbf.html
     
  12. shorrin

    shorrin the ninth doctor 7+ Year Member

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    Yes, anencephaly is a documented condition. In fact there was a famous case called 'baby k' in the early 90's which tested the emtala (emergency medicine treatment and active labor act). Emtala requires by law physicians to treat anyone who comes through the ER requesting treatment.

    The hospital in the case requested to not treat the childs recurring life-threatening bouts of apnea that the mother demanded.

    It's a really interesting case and a good one for those interested in ER medicine.

    http://www.ascensionhealth.org/ethics/public/cases/cases_AF.asp#BabyK
     
  13. Shredder

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    Not a big deal, all of these babies should just be aborted anyway
     
  14. mshheaddoc

    mshheaddoc Howdy Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Shredder ... please. Tolerance? The way you responded is a little out of line, while I respect your opinion, you KNOW that a flame war would ensue. Knowing that, you could have responded a little more tactfully.
     
  15. bananaface

    bananaface Pharmacy Supernerd Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

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    I don't know that he was being intolerant so much as ignorant about the acessibility of prenatal care and abortion resources. Some people feel that abortion is preferable to a major birth defect. It sounds to me like he is just voicing that sentiment. This is a good case from which to advocate better access to prenatal care. To some, abortion is included in that care package.
     
  16. mshheaddoc

    mshheaddoc Howdy Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Those are good points but I suppose with certain posters and their posting history you just "hear" the same things out of their mouths ... ignorance mostly.

    I suppose your description of the situtation is more accurate.
     
  17. Shredder

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    Yes you're right, it was brusque. I was sincere though. I think it's a shame for mutilated/deformed/diseased babies to be born instead of nipping the problem in the bud early on. Yeah, what banana said.
     
  18. 71263

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    Somebody didnt have enough folate in their diet when they were pregnant! (Sorry, I just had to nerd it up with the genetics I learned.)
     
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    On a completely unrelated note...

    OMG NARUSEGAWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! :love:

    LOVE THE ICON BRO!
     
  20. 71263

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    AND you have the same birthday as me!
     
  21. PTPoeny

    PTPoeny Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Apparently our government has the opposite view. Here's a case where the military refused to pay for an abortion for a woman with an anencephalic fetus. And then they changed their mind and payed for the abortion and now they are suing her to pay them back.

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/217156_janedoe23.html
     
  22. docjolly

    docjolly On Cloud Nine, Once Again 10+ Year Member

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    we've been learning about this for almost all of our freshman year of medical school. anencephaly, and other neural tube defects, are always interesting to see. Our embryology book has images that might be deemed much, much more disturbing..

    btw, does anyone know why they're carrying that fetus around the streets like that? Perhaps it's a cultural issue, but as a mother, I would be completely opposed to allow people to parade my dead baby throughout the streets..
     
  23. PurpleHaze

    PurpleHaze Takin it day by day 10+ Year Member

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    I thought the same thing myself! I'm not sure if it's a cultural thing though.
     
  24. kweiche

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    I am not a student doctor or anything of the sort but I really would like to comment on this topic.
    I just found out a week ago that my baby was a boy, and then 20 minutes later found out that it has Anencephaly.
    I've researched it a million times over on the internet and just bought a book related to the topic.
    The mother of a child like this should have the choice to do whatever it is she wants to do with it.
    I am only 18 and I've had so many people tell me how my child didn't deserve life, and now this happens.
    I was ready to put everything behind me and love this child and give it everything I have.
    If you know anything you know this baby can not feel pain.
    So why should I stop this birth, why can't I give this child the chance to live before it's tragic death?
    I want to show my child every single drop of love that I have for it in those few spare moments of it's life. Whether they say it wouldn't be able to tell that anyways, it's still important to me. He's my first child, my son, and he was my hope.
    I don't appreciate the people who love to respond to what I have to say with "God can heal your baby." Because that is absolutely ridiculous. I know there is no chance for him to live, but I want him to live before dying, I want to give him the proper burial he deserves because he did deserve life.
    He is still a human being to me, and still my baby.

    Coming from a young, but concerned mother.
     
  25. brianmartin

    brianmartin 10+ Year Member

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    Yea what's up with the "baby in a pot" parade? Are they going to cook and eat it or something? lol :eek:
     

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