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Parental Requests for Reconstructive Surgery in Children With Profound Developmental Disabilities


Sconyers/Godfrey Ethics Lecture

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, Heike and Hopper discuss a case concerning a parent’s request for surgery to repair a skull defect in a 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.