Writers Fortnight Article

Should You Trust Doctors?

Cancer survivor Sabrina Lone would not have had her loving, beautiful daughter if she had trusted her doctors who told her to get an abortion early on in her pregnancy.

Being a doctor is an important profession, a well-paid one as well. Today, many people are conscious of maintaining their health, whether it’s because they want to feel socially accepted, or they want to live a long life. However, there is an increasing rate of people who are too busy to make time for doing physical activities. But to make sure they are healthy, they turn to medical assistance.

According to Ipsos MORI Veracity Index in November 2017, 998 British adults aged 15+ were asked about which individuals they trust the most based on their professions. Over 90% of the contestants said that they trusted nurses and doctors the most. But, are they as reliable as everybody claims them to be?

Sabrina Lone, would not have the amazing daughter she loves right now if she had taken her doctors advice to get an abortion during her pregnancy.

To give you some context, Sabrina has gone through a painful and emotional journey with cancer. It runs in her family, most of her uncles have died from cancer. Instead of studying at a film university at the age of 19, she was taking care of her relatives diagnosed with this disease.

After almost 10 years down the line, she decided to take a break from this nursing business. “My mom told me, Sabrina, you have put your life on hold. Go out there, travel for 6 months and come back with a fresh mindset”. She traveled to Singapore, found her husband and made plans to have a baby. Unfortunately, she got a severely painful backache and after many tests, she discovered she had thyroid cancer.

Fortunately, this is one of the easiest cancers to treat. According to a study by EndocrineWeb; In patients who are less than 50 years of age, both papillary and follicular types of thyroid cancers have a more than 98% cure rate if treated appropriately.

She underwent an intense but successful surgery. After a few months, she attempted to make a child with her husband. For the next two years, all she got were false pregnancies and early miscarriages. “At some point, the doctor’s told me to stop. They did a diagnose and ran something on me, and they told me this is not going to happen, I was not going to get pregnant, and I should just stop”.

Vioxx is a drug that was once considered one of the best painkillers in the market. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on May 20th, 1999. As time went by, patients that used the drug filed lawsuits claiming that they suffered a heart attack or stroke as a result of ingesting Vioxx. This equated to more than 44,000 people. Then an FDA investigator released a study indicating that Vioxx greatly increased the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes and had probably been responsible for at least 55,000 American deaths during the five years it had been on the market. Merck & Co. reported over $11 billion in Vioxx sales during the 5 years the drug was on the market.

An article by HuffPost made by a doctor named Peter Rost, tells us why we shouldn’t trust doctors. He had a friend in the drug industry who used Vioxx when it first became popular, but then he heard about the heart problems it gave and stopped taking the drug. “Meanwhile, regular patients kept popping those Vioxx pills like candy. And now some of the patients who suffered heart attacks after taking Vioxx lined up in court” The doctor’s that prescribed Vioxx to their patients could have easily found out about the harmful effects it gave if they had cared enough. If they genuinely wanted their patients to be well they would have done all the necessary research on the medicine before they prescribed it to them, but obviously, they preferred making more and more money off of it until it had been legally banned to be sold from the market.

Sabrina Lone’s, like most other patients, took the doctor’s advice and quit trying to have a baby. She let herself relax, but after a few months, she felt nauseous. She had a test done and found out she was actually 8 weeks pregnant. Suprised, yet also relieved, she started doing everything that was best for her baby.

Around her 12th week of pregnancy, she did a 3D scan test to check the baby’s gender. The doctor saw a small abnormality in the results and advised Sabrina to kill the baby and try again. The doctor assumed the baby had down syndrome and heart problems. Keep in mind ultrasound scans are never 100% accurate. An article made by Krissi Danielsson tells us that the accuracy of an ultrasound test can vary based on factors such as the stage of the pregnancy, the quality of the machine, the skill of the practitioner, and the position of the baby in the womb.

Sabrina decided to investigate further, but the doctor warned her that delaying the abortion will make it more and more painful. A few days later she did a CVS scan, and she found out the baby did not have down syndrome. Still a bit hesitant, she underwent several more scans and they all showed no negatives.

Sabrina questioned her doctor’s reliability, and she decided to change her doctor. She did a final scan being 21 weeks pregnant. The new doctor finally told her the results: “Everything looks good, the baby has a healthy blood flow into the heart and that’s exactly what you want to see”. Sabrina burst into tears and could not stop crying for the rest of the day.

Sabrina’s experience teaches us a lot about doctors. Most people do what doctors tell them to because they think they do not know any better. Doctors can take advantage of this, just like how they did with the Vioxx medicine. So, next time you go see the doctor, you should get to know them and make sure they are giving you the right advice, otherwise, they may encourage you into making a wrong decision you could regret for the rest of your life.

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One thought on “Writers Fortnight Article

  1. Dear Tarush,

    Your article on having blind trust on doctors is quite thought provoking and pensive. It touches a chord with almost all readers as we all tend to implicitly trust doctors, especially during medical emergencies but if no second opinion is sought or own judgement is used, the results can be disastrous and can haunt us for the rest of our lives. The flow of your article is good and interesting, except maybe the placement of side effects of Vioxx medicine, as it kind of interrupted with Sabrina’s story.
    Overall I really enjoyed reading your article and the way you wrote about a sensitive topic like abortion and ended it on a positive note along with sending a strong message across to all the readers.Keep up the good work.
    Lots of love,


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