Growing Pains: Should parents have the right to stunt the growth of their severely disabled child to make them more manageable? Opponents to Growth Attenuation Therapy fear the treatment is being used for the wrong reasons. A report by SBS Dateline.
For similar stories, see:
Meet The Australian Hero of the Gaza Strip
Meet New Zealand's First Openly Transgender Cop
The Violent Gangs Leading New Zealand Community Projects
Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads:
For downloads and more information visit:
Like us on Facebook:
Follow us on Twitter:
Follow us on Instagram:
Daryl-Ann suffers from cerebral palsy and microcephaly. Her parents have used Growth Attenuation Therapy to keep her growth restricted. "I was immersed in the world of disability, so it didn't seem unnatural to us". Their argument is that her quality of life is better at a child's size where she can do the things her siblings can. "Real life is that when these kids get bigger, their world gets smaller". However, disability activists like Kelly Vincent think "it's quite disturbing that it seems to have been relatively easy for people to get access to such an extreme medical intervention measure", and that fundamentally, it is a selfish course of action.
SBS Australia – Ref. 6825
Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.