Dr. Andreas Gerstner, a chief ENT consultant in Germany, reported the parents of a 2-year-old Deaf child for refusing bilateral cochlear implants for their child. After receiving the report, the Youth Welfare Office referred the case to the Family Court, which will have its first hearing on November 20th.
The doctor believes medical decisions that can have a serious impact on a child's life should not be decided by parents alone. This is the first time in Germany that a judge will decide whether or not a newborn Deaf child will be required to undergo cochlear implant surgery. If this child is required to get cochlear implants, this could become the expected standard for all future cases in the country.