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Iranian Joined Twins | Jason E. Shao

Iranian Joined Twins

The death of the conjoined Iranian twins was a tragedy, however directing people’s natural sadness against the medical community that attempted the procedure is a mistake.

There is a natural tendency to want to blame somebody in the aftermath of catastrophe. You see it in post-9/11 America, and you see it today in the aftermath of the unfortunate death of the conjoined twins.

An item that has to be kept in mind, however, is that these women were adult, educated, and thoroughly determined to attempt the procedure. The concept of guerillas and patriots fighting for their freedom, and risking their lives is accepted, and no one blames their friends and families for not deterring them. In the same way, the twins were attempting to fight for their own freedom, the freedom to live their own lives, as an individual, and pursue their own dreams, not the consensus life of the pair.

From all reports, the medical team spent months preparing, counseling, and studying the case. While some will always argue about elective surgery and whether or not doctors should ethically perfom procedures, there is no workable solution but to leave ethical and judgement decisions to the individual doctors. While some people will inevitably come out on different sides of the fence, if doctors are to have any ability to benefit their patients through their judgement, they must be allowed the freedom to do so.