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Last Wednesday, in an operating theatre at Vancouver's B.C. Women's Hospital, a crowd of 16 surgeons huddled around 21-year-old Felicia Sims. To capture the birth, by caesarian section, of Tatiana and Krista, Ms. Sims' joined-at-the-head Siamese twins, Marisa Nichini, the hospital's spin doctor, shoved two CTV video paparazzi into the middle of the hoard of real doctors. Sporting photos taken by the CTV paparazzi, captioned as property of CTV, copies of CTV's Vancouver Province and Victoria Times Colonist sold like tickets to a P.T. Barnum freak show. The media (and the hospital) have the best next thing to the Dionne quintuplets. It took one primitive country doctor to deliver the quintuplets, 16 to deliver Tatiana and Krista. Says the British Columbia Medical Association: "this province needs more than 400 new physicians each year to replace those retiring, moving to other jurisdictions, or reducing the time spent practicing". Yet a provincial hospital is using 16 physicians on one birth and two lives.

Spin doctor Nichini will surely argue, "the publicity will bring into the hospital more grants and bequests, more 'revenue positive projects'" - a good reason, no doubt, for the hospital to employ an aggressive so-called "Media Relations Officer" like Marisa Nichini.

"But", Nichini may ask, "aren't one or two lives as sacred and important as 16?" Yesterday, The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti interviewed Lori and Reba Schappell, Siamese Twins whose strength of character and victory over adversity make the case for the sanctity of individual lives. For details and audio click here.

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