posted on Nov, 3 2012 @ 10:52 PM
This condition is called anencephaly and there can be more or less 'higher' brain present. Almost always, the skull is missing and what brain there is
is covered by a membrane. If the child has some higher brain development, they could possibly show signs of consciousness or a personality of sorts
but the majority don't survive more than a few hours after birth. The baby shown in the video has a full skull and it would appear that his cranium
was filled full of fluid, no brain except the brainstem.
Think of a normal human brain as having four parts; the brainstem which controls heartbeat and respiration, the 'reptilian' brain which would be
capable of what we think of in that level animal (feeding and reproductive behaviors), a mammalian brain which is capable of learning and using tools
of sorts, and then there is the top level of brain that humans have just on the outside of the brain that is capable of cognitive thought and aware of
time, etc; true consciousness. Of course the amount of brain mass very much determines the amount of thought and cognition possible; a crow brain is
not capable of as much rational thought as a chimpanzee (and if you go by this meter, dolphins and whales are far more intelligent than humans).
The anencephalic child may only have the cognitive ability of a cat or even less, a small rodent. Medicine does not consider them capable of feeling
pain or being conscious at all but I would have to argue with that. Not ever having seen one, I wouldn't know, though. A lot of doctors still do
minor surgery like circumcision on normal newborns without anesthesia, which I think is cruel and possibly unnecessarily traumatic.
The times when nurses have told the mother that 'the baby died' and not shown it to her may simply be to spare the mother the horror of the full
awareness of what she has given birth to. Different people would react to the news very differently and since the vast majority of these infants do
not survive more than a few hours, it may be a kindness to all concerned not to try to salvage the situation. Very tough call for all concerned,
believe me. The doctors and nurses are not being heartless, just doing the best they know how in very unusual and awful circumstances. It would be
highly unusual for an obstetrician, or even an entire hospital, to ever see even one of these cases since most probably spontaneously miscarry.
In a case where an anencephalic child survives for quite some time, I would presume there was more brain development and thus the ability of the child
to show some personality (just like pets or small animals do.)
edit on 3-11-2012 by signalfire because: addendum