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Thursday, April 9, 2009

When private grief becomes public news

Two-month-old baby Kaylee Wallace’s plight has provided yet another day’s news for the mainstream media. I’m not completely sure why this private tragedy has become such a public news story across our country, where every day unfortunate parents loose children.

For those who have been off the planet or sleeping for the past few days, this story has captured international attention and even raised questions about the ethics of selective organ donation as Kaylee’s parents have decided to give their dying infant’s heart to another baby, one-month-old Lillian O’Connor, who needs a new heart.

Now, what I would have presumed was among the most private of things—a baby’s dying and organ transplants—is the subject of coffee-shop conversations around the world. Whatever happened to privacy? Whatever happened to allowing a child to die privately, with dignity and without an attending media circus with regular updates.

There is something unseemly about this whole thing.

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  1. Couldn't agree more.


  2. I don't understand how the private grief of both families has now become public domain. There are a lot of ambulance chasers in the media and I find it distasteful.