My daughter is 2 now, entirely healthy, saved from death, disability and blindness by a legion of doctors and nurses at All Children’s Hospital to “Informed consent” is a holy grail in pediatric medicine, but I doubt it even exists. Someone would have approached me with another form. If it were a doctor who made eye contact or had a nice smile, I would have signed it.
I would not have read the form, because I did not read any of the forms, because the forms are for lawyers, not for parents. I had not slept in days. I was scared out of my mind. I had the mental capacity of a drunk being chased by bears. What kind of form can protect a parent in a situation like that?The parental consent dilemma: Saving extremely premature babies by signing forms | Tampa Bay Times