Child B: a personal view

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:h
  1. J A Dowey
  1. senior dental officer in Rochdale

    The death of Jaymee Bowen has once again raised ugly questions of when to treat children with a supposedly terminal medical condition. It is likely that, now that she has died, some people will consider the decision of the administrator who refused funding justified. This raises in me feelings of both fear and outrage because 33 years ago I was in Jaymee's position.

    At the age of 7 I was diagnosed as having a brain lesion. I was in horrific pain and became more and more paralysed until I was unable to move my limbs. My parents were told that without an operation I would certainly die and with …

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