If its length scares you, here's a synopsis:
- Ashley is a child who has a severe cognitive/developmental disability.
- Ashley can't talk, walk, feed herself, turn over, move around in bed, or do anything for herself.
- Her intellectual development won't change.
- Her parents say they love their "pillow angel" and couldn't imagine life without her at home.
- Ashley is showing signs of early puberty.
- Ashley's parents say she is reaching the maximum weight and height they can handle.
- In an effort to improve the quality of Ashley's life and ensure she can be cared for at home, Ashley's parents consulted a surgeon who agreed to perform a hysterectomy, remove her breast buds appendix, and give her hormone therapy to keep her at her current size.
- Ashley's parents say they are happy with surgery's outcome and Ashley suffered no pain or sense of loss.
The Way I See It:
- Ashley's father has an answer for everything in his blog. This makes him sound like he's selling the idea, which, if he was truly right, he wouldn't have to.
- The whole concept is too controversial. Good things are never grey; they are either black or white.
- The label "pillow angel" seems to dehumanize Ashley.
- The majority of actions doctors took were based on possibility, not probability.
- The removal of Ashley's breast buds was to de-sexualize her to prevent care-giver abuse. Again, this is a possibility and not a good reason to take such drastic measures.
- The implications of Ashley's surgery may not impact Ashley herself as much it will raise questions of ethics and parental control.
- Is The Ashley Treatment right?
- Is this really about what's best for Ashley?
- Are Ashley's parents acting on selfishness or future fears?
- Why is Ashley's father so quick to defend his decision?
- Is acting on possibility, not probability acceptable?
They say don't judge a person if we haven't walked in their shoes, but these shoes just seem to have a lot of holes.