Grand irony Friday August 11, 2006, 6 comments

Okay, this is terribly sad. I need to make absolutely sure everyone understands that I find birth defects of any kind painfully sad. And I know what I’m talking about.

My oldest son was born with a fused suture in his head. This is called Cranial Synostosis and necessitated some ridiculously serious cranial surgery at the ripe age of ten months. In effect, the talented team of doctors at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto pulled his face down like a rubber mask and took his skull apart like a puzzle and rebuilt it. I know, they showed me the pictures.

That aside, I just read a story about a child that was born with one eye in India. A cyclops. In fact suffering from a condition knows as cyclopia.

It appears that the cause was a chromosomal shift caused by exposure of the mother to a drug that is considered a possible cancer treatment.

And this is the part where I go to hell, because I find this ironic in a way that normal irony cannot come close to. This has the hand of the godess Irony (but not her twin sister Poetic Justice) written all over it.

The drug is called, and I do NOT make this up, Cyclopamine.


Comments

sabrina Friday August 11, 2006


How can the doctors be so stupid as to give a pregnant women a drug that is known to cause problems with babies.

el tigra Friday August 11, 2006


It isn’t the hand of irony – they called it cyclopamine because it causes one-eyed births. That isn’t irony… That said, this is one of the most appalling things I have ever read, if truly meant as it sounds “others may offer discounts for patients who agree to enroll in illegal clinical trials”

Adrian Friday August 11, 2006


Yes.

Further research (I read the entire article again, this time not half asleep) indicated the drug was named for its serious side effects.

Adrian Saturday August 12, 2006


You know what?

I had that Wired article open in another browser, which I was just about to close, and that paragraph about the origins of Cyclopamine wasn’t there.

el tigra Saturday August 12, 2006


Maybe they edited after reading your blog :p

Adrian Sunday August 13, 2006


That’d be ironic, huh ;)

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