ENDNOTE: Rare medical condition should teach us empathy and thanksgiving

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Irish-woman-trapped-in-a-12-year-old-girls-body-pleads-for-medical-help-136869293.html

Irish woman trapped in a 12-year-old girl’s body, pleads for medical help
25-year-old Kate Quinn suffers from rare Caudal Regression Syndrome
By CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Saturday, January 7, 2012, 7:45 AM
Updated Saturday, January 7, 2012, 7:45 AM

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A brave Kilkenny woman has gone public to reveal her torment at being trapped in a 12-year-old’s body – at the age of 25.

Kate Quinn from the village of Mooncoin suffers from a rare medical condition called Caudal Regression Syndrome (CRS) which results in an abnormal development of the lower spine.

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There stories should be read to children. Those tweens and teens who can’t possibly value the gift that they’ve been given. Good health!

I read this story, and I admit my bias since Frau Reinke died of an unidentified blood disorder, and felt tremendous empathy for this young woman.

The lesson I hope that I take away is that life is complex. The old man in the funny white hat, as his predecessors have done, campaigns for human dignity and the sanctity of life itself.  In my blunt fat old white guy injineer’s way, I’d phrase it differently: “Don’t mess with what you don’t, maybe can’t, understand. Add that to the fact that the USA has aborted enough babies to populate a large city. And, you have a feel for the depth of the problem.

Here we have human afflictions that beg us “study me” and “we” have a lot of time, talent, resources, and attention focused on a species-wide extermination project. Wether it’s aborting girls in India, subsequent children in China, or the inconvenient here in the USA, it’s just nuts.

For my part, I just marvel at the Universe’s, God’s Plan, or Evolution’s miracle.

Hopefully, my fellow alums will see this as motivating them to do their part in this adventure.

Dona Nobis Pacem

p.s., I am sending this to my “old” friend who insists that CRS stands for “can’t remember <synonym for excrement>”. Obviously, he better be careful when he checks into the hospital and puts that on his form.

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