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IVF toddler to be put up for adoption because of 'narcissistic' parents

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IVF toddler to be put up for adoption because of 'narcissistic' parents

Post by Guest on 01.11.12 15:33

Another story I have just seen due to twitter..............

IVF toddler to be put up for adoption because of 'narcissistic' parents

An Italian toddler conceived through IVF is to be put up for adoption because her elderly parents are too narcissistic and negligent to care for her, an appeals court has ruled.

The couple conceived through artificial insemination Photo: Alamy

By Nick Squires, Rome

3:15PM BST 25 Oct 2012

The case has prompted an impassioned debate in Italy about whether older people should be allowed to conceive children through the procedure.

An appeals court in Turin upheld the judgment handed down last year by a tribunal in the city that Luigi De Ambrosis, 71, and his wife, Gabriella, 59, a librarian, were incapable of looking after the little girl they conceived through artificial insemination.

The girl, identified in court only as Viola, is now two-and-a-half years old but has been in the care of foster parents ever since she was a baby, when the controversial case first came to light.

She is now likely to be put up for adoption, although her parents said they would fight the decision and take their case to the Supreme Court in Rome.

They were accused of leaving her, when she was just one month old, unattended in a car for 40 minutes outside their home in the town of Mirabello in Piedmont, in the northwest of Italy.

Mr De Ambrosis, a retired former mayor, insisted that he was unloading some shopping from his car and never let the child out of his sight.

In a 32-page ruling, the appeals court said there had been other instances of neglect and that the couple had not shown sufficient love towards the little girl.

They had shown no concern when the baby was crying alone in the car, judges ruled.

Psychiatrists commissioned by the court drew up a profile of Mr and Mrs De Ambrosis, finding that the child had suffered from their alleged indifference.

The psychiatrists accused the couple of having had Viola for "narcissistic" reasons and that they had failed to show her sufficient love and commitment.

The experts said that the little girl was "impassive" in the presence of her parents, but lit up when talked to by a child education specialist.

The couple said they were desperately upset by the court's ruling and felt they were victims of ageist attitudes.

"They've taken our little girl away just because of our age and now they are even forbidding us to see her," Mr De Ambrosis told La Stampa newspaper.

Under Italian law they are entitled to a second and final level of appeal, in front of the Supreme Court.

Fabio Deorsola, their lawyer, said the couple were distraught that they would have to wait for the Supreme Court to hear the case, during which time they will not be able to see the little girl

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Re: IVF toddler to be put up for adoption because of 'narcissistic' parents

Post by PeterMac on 01.11.12 18:24

Interesting that the picture show ICSI. Probably the most controversial of all the techniques, as it allows or forces a sperm which might have been naturally rejected, into an egg.



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