Originally Posted by fruitful womb
Personally, I wouldn't have removed it. Not long ago a baby was born will extra limbs. Born with 4 arms and 4 legs
. The parents had them removed. If that were me I would have thought wow what a blessing! We're always joking about wishing we had extra hands for help.
Yes, but these were not functional limbs. The child could have never had a normal life. She'd have never walked, never had children of her own, never had any possibility of a normal existence.
"Lakshmi was born joined at the pelvis to a "parasitic twin" that stopped developing in her mother's womb. The surviving fetus absorbed the limbs, kidneys and other body parts of the undeveloped twin."
They were fused at the base of the spine, completely opposite one another. It's like she had another body, without a head or shoulders, hanging from the bottom of her own body. In a case like this, I believe it was completely appropriate to have that removed.
I agree that it is completely INappropriate to cut a normal, functioning, healthy part of a baby boy's anatomy off, for no other reason than cultural or societal influences. My boys are intact, and should I have another, he too will be intact. There is simply no other way.
If one of my children had an extra digit, extra limb or any kind of growth on their bodies that would impede their ability to grow and function normally, I believe it's my responsibility as a loving parent to remove that. If it's not going to harm them in any way, such as having a fully functional extra finger, then it would stay.
But if my child was born with an extra arm? Functional or not, I would not allow them to become a societal outcast, or be viewed as a "freak of nature" just to preserve their structural integrity. Removing such an appendage falls into the category of preserving their mental and emotional integrity, which is just as important. Children should be left as they are... if they can be a healthy individual that way.