Bringing a whole new meaning to shaken baby syndrome

I got pretty nauseous watching this one.  The villagers insist that no babies were harmed in the making of this bizarre religious ritual, but the mere fact that these villagers doing the throwing must themselves have been thrown as infants is itself a good indication that it causes brain damage.  Let me just say apropos multiculturalism that not all cultures are created equal and some are definitely more deranged than others.

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Deana

    It really does not take that much force to cause brain damage in a baby. Brain injury can happen not only at the point of impact but also on the opposite side of the brain as the brain, which can kind of be thought of as “floating” inside the skull, ricochets from the force of the strike.

    And it does not require that a baby’s head hit something hard – just shaking the baby once or twice in the air can cause permanent damage. In fact, studies have shown that babies who suffer brain injury from being shaken have much more severe and lasting brain damage than babies who received similar injuries due to car or other accidents.

    Still, I have to say that I was impressed by the Indian at the end of the piece who said without reservation that the practice must be stopped. It’s a good sign when people do not feel shy about expressing their true thoughts on a subject, regardless of how culturally charged that issue might be.

    You know that had the video been on some heinous practice in the Muslim world, it would have been much more difficult to find someone willing to go on camera and give a full-throated criticism of it.

    Deana

  • Ymarsakar

    villagers doing the throwing must themselves have been thrown as infants is itself a good indication that it causes brain damage.

    Ouch ; ) Nice hit.

    The bones of babies aren’t very solid or dense or massive enough. So if their head hits at a weird angle to the sheet and the rest of the body, then they will suffer some rather debilitating cervical injuries that will show up as behavioral and physical control degradations. Not sure about the hematoma or not, it all depends on the physics.