Baby K


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Baby K

An anencephalic infant born in Virginia (1992–1995) who became a “poster child” for an array of bioethical issues.

Facts
Anencephaly was diagnosed prenatally; the obstetrician and neonatologist advised termination. The mother chose to continue the pregnancy based on her fundamentalist Christian belief that all life should be protected and, once born, refused to sign a DNR consent. The Federal District Court upheld her decision, and Fairfax Hospital was compelled to continue care of the child.

Ethical issues raised
The controversial court ruling raised questions about the definitions of death, personhood and medical futility, as well as what constitutes appropriate allocation of limited resources.
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There should certainly be a standard of medical futility that would permit treatment to be withheld in fairly clear cases like that of Baby K, but the trend toward bypassing patient consent by a cursory judgment that a certain treatment is medically futile should be resisted.
1] The recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit regarding Baby K, who was born in October 1992 in the Fairfax (Va.
Baby K suffers from anencephaly, a congenital malformation in which major portions of the brain and skull are absent.
One, In re Baby K, involved efforts by the mother of a severely disabled anencephalic baby to require a local hospital to treat her child's periodic respiratory crises.
8) The child known in court papers as Baby K was born on October 13, 1992, at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.