I think that in this case, what they did makes sense: she has the mental capacity of (less than) a child, so she should have a body that goes along with that.
Having said that though, I can see this as being the start of a very slippery slope. Where do you draw the line between able-minded enough to have some hope of an adult life, and so disabled that there's no chance that it'll ever happen?
Honestly, I can't help but wonder if it'd be better to just take out the tubes and let nature do what it will. I mean, other animals are euthanized for much more minor problems, and it seems to me that some animals may even have more mental capacity than her. And it could even be argued that it would be humane: she does have a small amount of mental capacity, so she might be aware enough to know that for some reason she can't really communicate or interact with her world. I mean, babies can hold their mothers' hands, reach out and explore their surroundings etc. And she can't.
Edited by Raina, 06 January 2007 - 07:03 AM.