Monthly Archives: December 2007

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Obtained December 05, 2007 from http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2007-12-05/

Quaids Credit “Miracle” for Saving Twins

In Good Company actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly are convinced their newborn twins survived a shocking drugs overdose because a “miracle” took place. Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace were left fighting for their lives when they were mistakenly given 1,000 times the normal 10-unit dose of blood-thinning drug Heparin by staff at Los Angeles’ Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center shortly after they were born to a surrogate mother last month. The twins have now been discharged after doctors gave them the all-clear, and they are back home with their parents. The Quaids’ lawyer Susan E. Loggins tells website People.com, “Their (babies) condition is fantastic, they’re smiling… They’ve fully recovered from the accident and it’s doubtful they’ll suffer long-term effects from the overdose. The Quaids are very religious, and they believe their children’s recovery is a real miracle.” On Tuesday, the actor and his wife filed legal papers suing Baxter Healthcare Corp. for manufacturing the Heparin that they claim left the babies critically ill. The Quaids accuse the company of failing to properly label vials of its product – the 10 units-per-milliliter vial of Heparin looks almost identical to the 10,000 units-per-milliliter vial. They also insist the company executives has been alerted to past mix-ups, but chose to do nothing and are seeking $50,000 in damages. [Emphasis mine.]

This is an example I see often enough in the news that I thought this time I’d comment, because it really makes me very upset. I’m going to be blunt here:

Why would God allow two babies to be tortured in the first place just to later save them so it can appear as if he caused a miracle? What kind of God is this? If this is how God works, he’s kind of a dick.

I “believe” that the children’s recovery is a real example of the hard work and ingenuity of the health care profession. Those babies did not just sit in the hospital, left to their own devices, until God intervened. Doctors and other members of the health care team were working on them, helping the babies to recover. Oh, you say, but God was acting through the health care workers. Well if that’s true, see my argument above. Why would God allow the torture of two innocent BABIES just so he could perform the miracle? I’d prefer Jesus in a burrito to baby torture any day.

But of course God will never get blamed for the painful part; he just gets credit for the good part. How come God stops paying attention long enough for something bad to happen only to choose later to intervene in certain specific cases (letting others die)? Is he “testing” us? If so, that’s absolutely the most cruel thing I have ever heard.

So, how about we give credit where credit is due and praise the health care team for acting promptly and effectively in treating these children once the error (incorrect heparin dose) had been discovered. Arguing for “miracles” in this case is an argument for God behaving like a spoiled child. If then the argument for religious belief is that God is comforting, I wish you all good luck in finding comfort in a God such as this.

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