The Doctors Raised Ethical Concerns About The Surgery
As if parents Jake and Erin didn’t have enough to worry about with this upcoming surgery, doctors had another concern to add to their plate. In addition to the extensive medical complications, the medical teams working on Kendra and Maliyah’s case were obligated to raise ethical concerns about the surgery. Maliyah was less likely to survive the procedure than Kendra due to the fact that she would be the twin who’d require a new kidney. Her quality of life- her very life itself- could be taken away as a result of this surgery. The twins were too young to fully understand the potential risks of this surgery and, therefore, couldn’t consent to the procedure. So, it was up to the parents to determine whether the risk was worth the reward. All parents want to do what’s in the best interest of their children, but a decision like this is difficult. Do you risk a surgery that could leave one of your daughters with a normal life but potentially risk your other daughter not surviving?