PARENTS ADAMANT ABOUT MAINTAINIING LIFE-SUPPPORT DESPITE IRREPARABLE BRAIN
DAMAGE. PATIENT MOVD TO PRIVATE ROOOM AND MONTORED AUTOMATICALLLY WITH ROUTINE
CHECK-UPS. 5 MONTHS PASS BEFORE PATIENT’S PREGNACY DETECTED. EXACT DATE OF
CONCEPTON INDETERRMINATE BUT FETAL DEVELOPMNT SUGGESTS LATE MAY TO MID-JUNE
LIKELY. ALEXANDRA’S HYMEN PUZZZLINGLY INTACT. PARENTS NOTIFIED, LAW SUIT
THREATEND, SUSPICION CAST ON STAFF. ABORTING FETUS COUNTERINNDICATED.
INVESTIGATON LAUNCHED. 29 FEBRUARY BABY COMES TO TERM. DELIVERY BY CAESAREAN SENCTION. AMBIGUOUS GENITALIA PRECLUDE SEX DETERMNATION. BLOOD SAMPLE TAKN FOR
ANALYSSIS. SPECIALISTS CONSULTD. XX CHROMOSOMES CONFIRM CHILD IS FEEMALE, BUT
HYPERTROPHIC CLITORIS IS IN FACT A MINI PENIS WITH PERFORATED GLANS. TESTES ALSO
PRESENNT, CO-SUBSTANTIAL WITH NORMALY POSITIOND LABIA. INNER LABIA AND VAGINA
LEAD TO UTERUS REPLEETE WITH FALOPIAN TUBES AND OVARIEZ. DNA ESTABALISHES THE
CHILD IS UNRELATED TO THE 'CHILD' WHO GAVE IT BIRTH.
inebriation countered by his memory of the photographs, none depicting the baby
as a whole; instead each focused on her sexual abnormality—like porn shots, he
Physicians are no
less mesmerized by sex, evidently, than the rest of us. Can’t you just see them,
elbowing through a gaggle of peers for a 'scientific' look-see? Nurses no less
curious but displaying a tad more tact; they would sneak their peeks when the
doctors, residents, and researchers got their fills. Parents didn’t want her;
didn’t want "it," repulsed by "the devil’s spawn." On that score, they
were right; the little tyke’s sire was indeed diabolical—Stuyvesant Fink the
culprit cum “father” of their only daughter’s child. Couldn’t prove it,
though. Not conclusively. Circumstantially, Stuyvesant was on everybody’s list,
the number one suspect. Hospital paid a bundle to keep the parents out of court.
Fired Mr. Fink, of course, but refrained from pressing any charges, reporting him
instead to the MIT Dean. Media had a field day, as it was, with details that
Hermaphrodite, however, was a term that never came to light. And the
misbegotten infant? Whereabouts unknown. There are some tantalizing hints that he/she survived, what’s more
For once in the clutches of medical 'practitioners,' all they want is to do precisely that;
'practice,' hone their skills on inadvertent 'volunteers.' Talked my
own dear father into a dodgy new procedure, turned his minor melanoma into
cancer of the skin... by altering a gene... one measly polypeptide that pulled a
little stunt nobody had anticipated. George was dead within a fortnight, corpse turned so
unsightly we had to have the casket sealed... no viewing... no 'see ya in the
next life,' dear ol'...
Motioning toward the barmaid, Dad holds up his glass.
"Yes, another of
transports the reinforcement.
To George, he
silently toasts, shy one last Mulligan.