Face transplants are a great idea if someone can make them work.
The “ethicists,” part of whose problem is hubris and another part is conflict of interest (they have an incentive to promote their own role as decisionmakers), scoff:
“This idea needs more evaluation. What we do know either can’t be quantified or the risks clearly outweigh the benefits,” said Karen Maschke, the associate for ethics and science policy at the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute in Garrison, N.Y. “Look, a lot of science is boosterism.
“People always think they’re going to be cured by new treatments and life will be normal again, but that’s usually not the case.”
But the creative surgeon has the right idea:
Dr. Siemionow disputes the notion that facially disfigured patients should not be allowed to decide the risks, asking, “How can people who are normal decide for burn victims ‘This is not right for you’?”
The patients know their own interests best. They should be the ones who decide what procedures, and risks, to subject themselves to.