This is a sad story.
Thirty-two-year-old Krista Stryland, a successful Toronto real estate agent and mother, went to a private clinic for liposuction…
Hours later, court documents allege, she lay in a recovery room for 30 minutes without vital signs after a procedure that drained fat from 23 incisions in six different parts of her body.
She was pronounced dead in hospital on Sept. 20, 2007. Her sister says she was a size 6. She says the doctor should have told her that she did not need liposuction…
Stryland’s family has raised several concerns with the college, including [Dr.] Yazdanfar’s alleged failure to warn of risks, leaving Stryland “with the impression that this was a routine benign procedure.”
I was speaking last week with a woman who, a few years ago, considered an abortion. During her consultation, the nurse asked her if she wanted to be made aware of the risks. The woman said she did, and that answer was received with a look of confusion. “I guess most people don’t care to know,” the woman said during our recent conversation. The nurse granted the request, handing the woman a pamphlet that touched on post-partum depression and what to do in case of excessive bleeding or cramping.
What right is a woman exercising when she chooses not to know? Perhaps it’s the right to cover her ears and sing, “la-la-la!” One thing is certain: informed consent is impossible if the information is optional, and scant at that.by