Ayala caseJoe Segen2016-12-11T23:18:03+00:00
A parental dilemma which arose when Anissa, the 16-year-old daughter of Abe and Mary Ayala developed leukaemia, no family member was a suitable donor, and the only external donor match, declined.
Refusing to idly watch their daughter die, the Ayalas conceived a plan/child which/who, it was hoped, would solve the dilemma and have a compatible marrow for donation. Abe and Mary, then in their forties, fired up the factory one last time.
Epilogue Baby born, BM compatible, transfusion given, Hollywood ending.
The ethics police can debate this all they want, Anissa summarised: “If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be here, and if it weren’t for me, she wouldn’t be here either”