Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The MVNHS© Gets Down

Down Syndrome, that is.

So what is Down Syndrome?

It's a "set of mental and physical symptoms that result from having an extra copy of Chromosome 21 ... Usually, mental development and physical development are slower in people with Down syndrome than in those without the condition."

Although DS isn't curable (yet), those afflicted with it can, with training and time, "live productive lives well into adulthood."

Well, maybe just folks who aren't subject to the Much Vaunted National Health System©:

"A man with Down’s syndrome was locked in a one-bedroom flat and deprived of his basic human rights for ten months until his death ... Detained against his will by health and council officials ... David Parsons was denied regular contact with his wife and family and ‘abandoned’ by those caring for him."

At age 53, he had plenty of life left, time he could have spent with his wife and other family members. A few years ago, MVNHS© physicians declared that he "had developed dementia and epilepsy," but Mr Parsons' family disputes this. Regardless, he and Mrs Parsons (who apparently has similar developmental issues) were locked away in a "residential care home for the elderly."

Well, there ya go: "Out of sight, out of mind, we're the MVNHS©"
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