purplesagefem makes an interesting comparison between limb-lenghtening in India and untested transgender surgeries.
Hmm, the surgery is risky and might cripple people for life, but they threaten to commit suicide if they don’t get the surgery, so doctors are performing it anyway. That sounds familiar too!
“Though he has performed the surgery successfully on hundreds of people, Sarin admits: “It’s madness to do it.”
Still, he feels successful limb lengthening can transform a person’s life: “You can barely recognise them. It’s worth it when you see how much their self esteem grows.”
It’s completely mad to risk being crippled for life by lengthening your limbs, but it’s worth the risk because their self esteem improves? Unfortunately, that sounds familiar too.