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post #31 of 33
Actually taking bone marrow can be a painful and debilitating procedure,and this is just one of the many reasons why the thing Athenaeus did is so precious and we must admire her for having done it. :)
As for the moral issues of bone marrow transplanting, although they're less than other types of transplant (most people don't feel blood cells as an "organ" and the psychologic implications of the procedure aren't so heavy) they could lead to an endless discussion...
I know one of the cases quoted by Atheaneus as it happened some years ago in the center my father directed (he was a hematologist and the chief of a Bone Marrow Transplant Department). A young couple had a baby boy who had a severe aplastic anemia and, although Italy has a Bone Marrow national register, no suitable donors were found due to a rare blood group. So, they decided to conceive another child as a potential donor. They were lucky and had another boy who resulted compatible. Transplant was successfully done and now both boys are perfectly healthy, but the case had a wide national resonance and was followed by lots of polemics (as you can imagine, the Catholic Church severely condemned those parents).
It's difficult to judge those situations, mainly if they involve genetic manipulations as it happened in other cases where selection of ovocytes followed by in vitro fertilization has been performed to get a surely compatible donor...but my personal opinion is that life is the main value and that any action protecting life, or resulting in a better quality of life for anyone, must be regarded with respect and not only judged by its moral implications.

Pongi

BTW, Athenaeus: I haven't found the email I sent you in my "Sent" mailbox so wonder if you have received it, could you let me know something about that?
Take care!:)
post #32 of 33
Beautifull story , here is a site Nancy showed me that might help in times of despair .
The Daily Motivator . Take care , Douglas
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post #33 of 33

Bless you, Athenaeus

That was a beautiful thing you did for that child.
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