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Private Practice Season Finale Sneak Peeks: A Baby with No Brain

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Consider yourselves warned, Private Practice fans: tonight's season finale won't be all sunshine and jelly beans.

The ABC drama takes on an even more serious tone than usual, as "Gone, Baby, Gone" features Amelia going into labor and the Seaside Wellness doctors all learning about her controversial decision regarding her child's organs.

Is it murder? Is it ethical? Watch the debate unfold in one of the two finale clips below:

For more of a season five finale preview, read my exclusive interview with Paul Adelstein - and then return to TV Fanatic later tonight for a detailed review of all that went down!

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You make me truly and utterly nauseated. I pity you, profoundly. You gave birth to a plant, and you call that "inspiration"? What's wrong with you? Open your fucking eyes.

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It is easy to judge when we sit and watch a tv show. I felt that PP did a very good job in that Amelia did the research and found that her son could actually live on in giving other children life. I have two beautiful adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. However I did lose 3 babies in between it is a life time of heart break to never know that child. I can and will tell you that Bringing a baby into this world that will know nothing but pain and suffering is a selfish thing to do as a parent. I watch and cried the whole time as the friends graved over the loss of that TV baby. I is no greater love that we give of our self so others can have a productive healthy life. I for myself would want my baby's life and death to mean more than a life of a vegetation state. I feel that the show did a wonderful job showing the love she had for her son in giving him to help other babies.

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Disgusting. This show just get more immorale and disgusting every show. I will never watch it again.

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@Michael's Mom Amazing! x

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Shame on you Private Practice! Poor, inaccurate and irresponsible portrayal of a "baby born without a brain". My son was born with a functioning brain stem but no brain tissue. It had all been replaced by cerebral spinal fluid. My husband and I are still haunted by the doctor's words that our son was hydraencepalic/porencephalic...."A CONDITION NON-COMPATILBLE WITH LIFE". The doctors thought he'd live a few months, maybe a year. After his second birhtday they stopped providing estimates and we stopped asking. Michael passed away at the age of seven. He was a fighter who defied medical logic. He was the epitome of endurance and persistence. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was not blessed with the opportunities/abilities that are given to nearly everyone else. Yet he fought everyday just to live another day. He never had an unkind thought, spoke an unkind word or did an unkind deed. In the end, he taught us more about ourselves and the love we are capable of than anyone or anything else could. It is not important how much time you have in this world but the impact you make. The measure of the quality of a life is not its length but the enduring impression it makes on others. Michael lived a very short life but the magnitude of his imprssion is immeasurable. Do your research Private Practice! You've lost a "follower" for your irresponsible portrayal of "babies without brains". Very insensitive to all of us parents of these beautiful children.

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@Chandelure Yes, her baby would have died anyway without being on a respirator but he would not have suffered either way. Anencephalic babies do not experience pain or emotion. He would barely have been conscious if he was at all.

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sorry, i know that was a wordy tangent. Its just after learning about anaecephaly it just really stuck to me that people won't look past their ideals to see the gray area in this case and the possible good that could come from a tragic situation.

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Evangelicals are dissenting: see Christian Bioethics 6: 1, 2000 (talks about "soul"), and the Italians, not noted for radical social policies or "a culture of death", use these children as donors (Ped. Trans. 3: 150, 1999). I'd like to know if there's any reader who would NOT sacrifice his or her last 24 unconscious-dying-hours on earth to save another person's entire life.... This is not how the US activists think, and thanks to them, children are dying that could be saved to live good-quality lives (NEJM 330: 387, 1994). Of course, the anencephalic baby has to die in the hospital, and the family would have to pay (maybe $7000 in 1983, the year of the "Baby Jane Doe" flap; J. For. Sci. 42: 1180, 1997). But that's politics. There's signs of change: The Kennedy Institute of Ethics (Journal 14: 249, 2004), not noted for indifference to the value of human life, accepted an article on anencephalic donors and other such situations, asking "Do donors really have to be dead, when they have nothing to lose?" and citing public opinion favorable to such organ procurement. More: Am. J. Bioethics 3: 1, 2003.

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to paraphrase freidlander In the past, these kids might be used as organ donors. The conservative administration (acting on pressure) successfully banned in the early 1990's(JAMA 273: 1614, 1995). In 1995, the AMA passed a resolution saying the practice was okay and should be reinstituted. They withdrew it after furor(Semin. Neuro. 17: 249, 1997). Letting these children serve as organ donors is still very illegal in the US(Medicine and Law 20: 417, 2001), and in addition to causing potential recipients to die, this prevents parents from finding meaning in the whole ordeal. I can see both sides and I hope you can as well. The problem is that an anencephalic child cannot make an advance directive, and that the heart is only good if it's removed before the child dies of sepsis. For some people, that makes you a "murderer", etc. For others, restoring several sick children to health justifies the means. Even conservative Evangelicals are dissenting: see Christian Bioethics 6: 1, 2000(talks about "soul"), and the Italians, not noted for radical social policies, use these children as donors (Ped. Trans. 3: 150, 1999). I'd like to know if there's any reader who would NOT sacrifice his or her last 24 unconscious-dying-hours on earth to save another person's entire life. This is not how the US activists think, and thanks to them, children are dying that could be saved to live good-quality lives (NEJM 330: 387, 1994). But that's politics. There's signs of change: The Kennedy Institute of Ethics (Journal 14: 249, 2004), not noted for indifference to the value of human life, accepted an article on anencephalic donors and other such situations, asking "Do donors really have to be dead, when they have nothing to lose?" and citing public opinion favorable to such organ procurement. More: Am. J. Bioethics 3: 1, 2003.

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so during my neurology section of medical school this topic was covered by our pathology instructor. He is a very pro-life guy but argued that ananecephalic babies should be eligible organ donors. I found our notes on his website pathguy.com nervous system disease section under neural tube defects. He gives a nice rundown of the politics.

Private Practice Season 5 Episode 22 Quotes

I'm like that... all bomb-shelly.

Amelia

I am shocked by just how much I genuinely love him. I want to take the pain away, and I know I can't and it just kills me.

Charlotte

Private Practice Season 5 Episode 22 Music

  Song Artist
Foy vance be the song Be the Song Foy Vance iTunes
Duquette johnston and the rebel kings roll baby roll Roll Baby Roll Duquette Johnston and the Rebel Kings iTunes
Lost in the trees vines Vines Lost in the Trees iTunes