This post on Not House’s blog set me thinking about an ethically dicey question (Medical ethics has always been one of my pet peeves): Teenage Pregnancy and Consent.
In this post, I am going to state an ethics issue, to which you may feel free to post your views/comments on (regarding the ethical implications of the same). I am taking this case directly from Not House’s blog mainly because I liked the way he presented it, and there seem to be numerous nuances to the same. So here is the case:
A 15 year old obese girl came to the ED complaining about headaches and feeling faint. While in the ED waiting room with her parents, she had a seizure, was brought to the trauma room, and proceded to have yet another seizure. The workup eventually revealed she was 31 weeks pregnant, and was suffering from eclampsia. After being told this, she was asked what she wanted to do, and requested they do a C-Section and not to tell her parents.
What do you think are the ethical issues complicating this particular problem? And how do you think they can be tackled?
Feel free to post your views as comments. I will post my take on these issues in a later post.
So, its go time for you.
Hat tip: Not House
[UPDATE: I realize that there may be variations in the setting from one nation to another owing to different laws and rules, so, whilst I will be talking of the Indian perspective (which I am aware of) mainly in the follow up discussion text, I would like to keep it broad. So, I would like to say that you too should keep the discussions running on a broad spectrum, rather than concentrating on the nitty gritties.]