Ashley X will never grow up

January 4, 2007


If you haven't already read about this, Ashley X is a 9 year old girl who had multiple medical treatments at the age of 6 to stunt her growth. She was born with a severe brain impairment known as static encephalopathy which prevents her from eating, walking, or basically having any cognitive or motor skills beyond an infant of three months. The medical treatments to keep her young (which include removing her uterus, breasts, and increasing her oestrogen) were done to keep her the size of a child and prevent the inconveniences of gorwing into an adult. It's a pretty complicated issue, and although the treatment happened 3 years ago it didn't become public until just recently. In response to critics, the father wrote a 9000 word entry on their blog. It's a fascinating read and I recommend you check out the entire story here.

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