The parents of a child with Down syndrome in the UK have "forced plastic surgery" on their child , according to this Fox News article.
Georgia Bussey underwent "radical and painful" cosmetic surgery three times by age 5 so she could "fit in" with her peers, the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported Sunday.
Parents of another girl with Down syndrome told the paper that they were also considering altering her appearance in the future so she could be more "accepted.”
Critics in the U.K. slammed the parents, with some even claiming the procedures were tantamount to child abuse. However, the parents hit back, saying that no one complained when "normal" children had their ears pinned back.
Uh, there's that word 'normal' again.
Well we could get into a debate about teenagers who have their noses done or kids who have their ears pinned back- but let's look at the real issue here. It was done to alter the child's appearance because she had Down syndrome, causing her pain with three surgeries - so she can 'fit in'?
This 'normal' and 'fitting in' discussion is what we need to focus on. How about practicing inclusion by celebrating our differences and diversity?
This BBC article on this story is quite interesting as well.
[Update: Thanks to a comment, I found a number of posts on this topic over at Patricia Bauer's blog which are of interest. In fact, to date, her blog contains 196 posts tagged on the topic of Down syndrome.]
[I saw a post the other day celebrating the beauty of children with Down syndrome and am saddened to discover I don't have the link, but if anyone else has it, please post it. Thanks.]