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Judge tries to save little girl’s eye….from her parents

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on July 15, 2010

Yes, you read it right. The 7-month old daughter of  members of the Followers of Christ church, risks loosing eyesight in her left eye due to blatant medical neglect on the part of her parents.

The Wylands’ daughter, Alayna, had a small discoloration over her left eye when she was born.

The area started swelling and the fast-growing mass of blood vessels, known as a hemangioma, eventually caused her eye to shut, pushed the eyeball down and outward, and affected the eye socket, said Dr. Thomas Valvano, a pediatrician at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University.

“This was medical neglect,” said Valvano, who testified at the hearing. Alayna could lose vision in her left eye and probably will need surgery, he said.

I’ve read versions of this sad story countless times, yet I still cannot get over them. How can a parent play dice with their child’s health because of their imaginary god? At what point do your parental instincts kick in and make you say “to hell with the church, I’m saving my child”? I guess never for these people; something’s wrong in their head!

The Wylands said they never considered getting medical attention for the growth and would not have if DHS had not intervened.

Attorneys for the Wylands said the couple weren’t given a chance to obtain medical care after DHS got involved in the case late last month and have been largely excluded from medical appointments.

So let me get it straight dear attorneys: the people who concede that they would not have taken their daughter to the doctor were impeded from doing what they weren’t thinking of doing by the DHS? That’s like saying : “The good Samaritan’s intervention prevented the rapist from stopping the raping of the victim”! Are you sure that’s the argument you want to make in defense of your client?

Gilmartin asked Rebecca Wyland why she didn’t take Alayna to a doctor.

“Because I believe in God and put my faith in him,” she replied.

And he let you down Rebecca; he let you down considerably. At what point will you consider dumping him?

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  1. astrosmash said, on July 16, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    isn’t this the ONLY argument one needs against religious faith? Any meme that can hijack the most basic and primal connection one human being can have with another, ie, parent to child, is a piece of shit meme. Anyone arguing for the moderates are merely arguing for more moderate forms of child abuse. (well, not really, but kinda if you get my drift)

    • Skepdude said, on July 16, 2010 at 11:29 AM

      I guess anything that inhibits critical thinking is inherently flawed and will result in stories such as this one. There is, I think, a possible middle ground between faith and critical thinking, the sort of deism that some skeptics subscribe to. They can’t shake the feeling that there is something out there, but they do not allow that to affect their critical thinking, in fact they’d be the first to admit that this belif is irrational, it’s just that as a feeling they cannot quire reason it away.


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