Neurofibromatosis Case Study Essay

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In the case of In re Sampson, the trial court was concerned with a 15 year old boy who was afflicted with a medical condition called neurofibromatosis, also known as Recklinghausen’s disease. Although this disease is considered non-life threatening, it had caused a massive deformity that covered the right side of the boy’s face and neck. As a result of this deformity, the boy not only became withdrawn emotionally but would not attend school which also caused him to become virtually illiterate (Hines, Malley-Morrison, Dutton, 2013 ppp440). The mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, consented to the corrective plastic surgery, however, refused to consent to a blood transfusion to accompany the surgery should it had been needed. In its simplest form,…show more content…
Meaning, in some instances we are told that we can practice our religion freely without unintended consequences while in other instances we are mandated to go against our religious beliefs. Treating the child may have a positive or a negative effect to him as well as on his family. Of course the child’s facial deformity would be treated and he would feel as though he would be able to achieve the goals of a normal person but what psychological effects might he have afterwards? This might affect the way the family in the same way. They might treat the boy differently by out casting him, perceive the law and the medical profession negatively or welcome the results and be thankful. Not receiving medical treatment can also have positive as well as negative effects for the child and his family. The child may continue to be emotionally withdrawn, become depressed and may even want to take his own life or he may accept his deformity over time and utilize one of his core strengths to fulfill his goals. For the family, well they may feel happy at first that they were allowed to follow their beliefs, however, how will the child respond to his family and their religion as he gets
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