UK: Parents' Fight to Have Son Sterilized
Wow. I'll limit myself to this comment: I don't know many six-year-olds who are completing catering courses.
The parents of a disabled man have said today that they will fight to have their son sterilised.
Gavin Smalldon is 22 but a genetic condition means that he has the mental age of a six-year-old and requires constant care from his parents, 48-year-old Paul and 47-year-old Jo.
The couple, who live in Tonna near Neath, south Wales that their son is incapable of looking after himself and would not be able to care for a child.
Medical experts say that any child of Gavin’s would have more than a 50% chance of being born with the same condition.
Gavin, who is soon to complete a catering course at Neath and Port Talbot college, leads a very active life but always requires supervision.
Mr Smalldon said: “We have been fighting this for many years. It has not been an easy to make a decision on. But if you ask Gavin he wouldn’t be able to give you an answer.
“He has the mind of a six-year-old and finds certain words very funny, you can’t ask him what he thinks about sterilisation and what that means."