Parental Requests for Reconstructive Surgery in Children with Profound Developmental Disabilities


Sconyers/Godfrey Bioethics Grand Rounds

Commentator: Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Case Presenters: Carrie L. Heike, MD, MS and Richard Hopper, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital


Drs. Brosco, Hieke, and Hopper discuss a case concerning a parent's request for surgery to repair a skull defect in child with profound disabilities. The providers were concerned that the primary purpose of the surgery was to improve appearance, and they were not sure that this reason justified the risk.