Bought this book few years back, before I entered the medical school. But just finished reading it after i finished my legal medicine posting. A very practical novel for a medical student indeed.
A story about Anna, a 13-year-old girl who was conceived via in-vitro fertilization technique and was genetically designed to match Kate, her leukaemic sister. Since birth, she had undergone multiple procedure to donate cord blood, blood and bone marrow for her sister’s survival. It was when Kate’s kidney began to fail, Anna refused the ‘obligation’ to donate a kidney to her sister and sued her mother.
Judi Picoult had successfully raised a few medical ethical issues;
– Is it ethical to genetically design a future ‘perfect’ baby according to parents’ wishes?
– To save one child by sacrificing the other?
– To what extent does parents have the right to decide for their child?
– Should a procedure be carried out if the child refuse, but the parents had given their consent?
The story had been adapted into a film, which was released in June 09. A must-watch (if you are too lazy too read =P).
Watch the trailer:
or visit the official site: http://www.mysisterskeepermovie.com/