Cross-Cultural Perspectives to Childhood Cancer
A black mother, who is a member of the Holiness Church, begins praying and fasting around the crib of her infant child, who has suffered significant brain damage from a massive infection and has inflammation in the central nervous system. The mother refuses further tests to elucidate the nature of the brain damage and, instead she wants to take her child to her bishop, a family friend. The mother is noted as uncooperative and considered a fanatic in her religious beliefs. The mother is then evaluated by a court-appointed psychiatrist, who felt she was a “paranoid schizophrenic” and recommended that the baby’s visits be supervised. The hospital staff held firmly that the child remain in the hospital, regardless of the wishes of the family (Redlener and Scott, 1979).
KeywordsCultural Group Childhood Cancer Moral Distress Black Mother Culture Broker
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