Jewish Medical Ethics
According to Jewish medical ethics, an individual is charged with the responsibility to examine and analyze a situation. On analyzing the situation, the person should come up with response to the situation depending on its characteristics. The new surgery raises the issue in that the doctors do research and analysis of spina bifida and realizes that the condition can be fixed before the birth of the child. They find out that damage to the spinal cord may be a result of toxic amniotic fluid. Developing a means of sealing the fluid such that its toxic substance does not reach the nerve may be a way of averting further damages to the growing fetus.
Jewish medical ethics states that a good relationship between a doctor and a patient is a divine commandment that should be adhered to. A patient should visit the doctor when faced with an illness. The doctor, who the Jewish see as a messenger sent from God to take care of humanity, should respond to any form of illness and help prevent any form of illness if possible. In the article, the doctor and the mother of the unborn child come to an agreement which involves considering the health of the unborn child who is infected with spina bifida. This happens after the mother decides to respond to the illness her unborn child faces and doctors decide to take care of the situation by performing surgery. The surgery is likely to bring a solution to the illness that the child may have suffered including much fluid in the brain and inability to control the bladder.
Secular ethics require that one avoid causing any form of harm to the other person. Harm may be physical or emotional. The issue is raised in the article since the doctors have to find the appropriate time for carrying out surgery as a means of ensuring that the unborn child does not experience any form of nerve damage. The doctors, therefore, decide that the issue can be prevented if the surgery is conducted at the period between 24 and 26 weeks of the pregnancy. The mother of the unborn child is prevented from suffering emotionally when the doctors decide to carry out the procedure after she insists. The woman had initially suffered a miscarriage, and the hope of bearing a child once more was dead until she conceived the child with the spine Bifida. The woman believes that that might be the only chance she has to have a child. The doctor had initially offered her an option of terminating the child, but the choice to respect the woman’s emotions and carry out the surgery illustrates prevention from emotional harm.
- Secular ethics require that human beings be free to make decisions, be responsible for their actions and bear the consequences. The issue is raised from the article in that the mother of the unborn child has decided to try and cure the condition the unborn child bears. This is part of taking responsibility for her child. However, the mother should be in a position to bear with the consequence of the child not surviving the surgery. There might also be a possible consequence of premature birth, and the mother might experience labor at an earlier time. According to ethics, if a pregnancy poses the risk of endangering life, termination is allowed. The doctors analyze the patient and provide the option of abortion. The mother, however, is willing to take chances and go through surgery.