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Thread: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

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    Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

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    This is not a new story but I think the ethical issues it raises are still interesting. Could plastic surgery mean greater acceptance for a child with DS or does it actually hinder acceptance of the condition?

    So, what do you think, do you support plastic surgery for children to lessen the "look" of Down's Syndrome?

    Explain why or why not.
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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    That's horrifying. It doesn't benefit the person with Downs in any way. It just makes them "prettier" to the rest of us.

    It is no harder to adjust to the way people with Downs look than it is to adjust to someone with a different skin color. People would be losing their minds if someone proposed black people should have skin lightening to improve "acceptance" of black people.

    In addition to that, there's a major consent issue going on. The level of intellectual impairment in people with Downs is widely variable, but there are many who would not be able to give consent under the law even as adults. To subject children or significantly impaired adults with Downs to this sort of painful, unnecessary surgery just because their caretakers think they look funny is completely wrong.

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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    I really don't know how I feel about this issue. I know many downs syndrome people through my work with various groups for people with disabilities. Their varying levels of functionality would certainly play into the decision. I am leaning toward saying this should be acceptable. People with Downs are not unaware of their "looks" and how others look. They have a desire to fit in just like anyone else. This is a tough call for me.

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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    That's horrifying. It doesn't benefit the person with Downs in any way. It just makes them "prettier" to the rest of us.

    It is no harder to adjust to the way people with Downs look than it is to adjust to someone with a different skin color. People would be losing their minds if someone proposed black people should have skin lightening to improve "acceptance" of black people.

    In addition to that, there's a major consent issue going on. The level of intellectual impairment in people with Downs is widely variable, but there are many who would not be able to give consent under the law even as adults. To subject children or significantly impaired adults with Downs to this sort of painful, unnecessary surgery just because their caretakers think they look funny is completely wrong.
    I don't disagree with you necessarily, but I think an argument could be made that the parents just don't want their child pre-judged by her appearance.
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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    Quote Originally Posted by snilloctjc View Post
    I really don't know how I feel about this issue. I know many downs syndrome people through my work with various groups for people with disabilities. Their varying levels of functionality would certainly play into the decision. I am leaning toward saying this should be acceptable. People with Downs are not unaware of their "looks" and how others look. They have a desire to fit in just like anyone else. This is a tough call for me.
    I agree, Snil. I can see both sides of this. It may even be possible that some children with Down's would not even be recognized as having it, if it wasn't for the tell-tale appearance.
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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    I don't disagree with you necessarily, but I think an argument could be made that the parents just don't want their child pre-judged by her appearance.
    I just think education is a much better solution to that than cutting people open.

    I saw a play put on by people with Downs, about what it's like to live in a special needs housing facility, where many people have Downs. There were a lot of kids at the show and it was probably very education and gave a good understanding on what difficulties they face, but also how "normal" they can really be.
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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    I agree, Snil. I can see both sides of this. It may even be possible that some children with Down's would not even be recognized as having it, if it wasn't for the tell-tale appearance.
    Yup, there are people like that. But in such a case, they are capable of consenting to the surgery themselves. A child or a more impaired person are not.

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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    If the surgery is necessary the government must support it, even with tax money. And if the parents mind it is better, than it should be happen.
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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    I just think education is a much better solution to that than cutting people open.

    I saw a play put on by people with Downs, about what it's like to live in a special needs housing facility, where many people have Downs. There were a lot of kids at the show and it was probably very education and gave a good understanding on what difficulties they face, but also how "normal" they can really be.
    Education is always a good thing, but it doesn't really change anything for children growing up with it now. Also, no matter how much education there is, other children (a significant some but not all) will always treat someone with an obvious disability differently. If nothing else, the surgery could mean a lot less staring.
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    Re: Plastic Surgery for Children With Down's Syndrome.

    I wouldn't do it. I see no reason to subject my child to a major medical procedure out of vanity. My child, special needs or not, will be raised with the understanding that people are different (inside and out) and we should celebrate differences, not condemn them. If the other parents of my generation cannot do the same then my child doesn't have to associate with those children.
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