The ethics of altering children

Markian Hawryluk / The Bulletin
Published Nov 19, 2006 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM
Chablis Dafoe and her daughter Melissa share a tender moment at their Bend home Thursday. She worries how long she will be able to continue to care for her daughter at home.
With the help of her 8-year-old daughter, Bethany Dafoe, single mom Chablis Dafoe, 30, uses a mechanical lift to transfer her 11-year-old daughter, Melissa Macy, from her bed to her wheelchair on Thursday.
Chablis Dafoe begins her day by preparing seven different medications for her daughter. Melissa takes one medication four times a day and six medications two times a day.
Melissa Macy, right, is blind but enjoys all varieties music. She spends part of her time at Skyview Middle School listening to choir or band rehearsals.