Wrongful Life?

Mark and Karla Miller say a hospital is responsible for their child's severe disabilities. If the Texas Supreme Court agrees, it will change medicine as we know it.

AS I WAVED ACROSS THE DEN at twelve-year-old Sidney Miller last August in her family’s immaculately restored stone home west of Houston, I was somberly reminded that childbearing, even in an age when we debate the ethics of human cloning, remains a perilous and highly uncertain biological process. “She can’t see you over there,” explained her father, Mark Miller, a big bear of a man who played football at the University of Texas and is now a successful stockbroker. “You have to be up about two feet in front of her for her to see you.”

Sidney, who was seated next to Mark on the couch, was dressed in blue shorts and a white blouse. Because of her cerebral palsy, her atrophied legs were pinned up toward her chest and she struggled even to sit up straight. She is severely retarded, she is nearly blind, and she cannot walk, talk, feed, or clean herself and never will. Sidney will one day be an adult but one who will require 24-hour care for the rest

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