Cosmetic Surgeon Removes Model’s Ribs To Look More Like Jessica Rabbit

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There is a truly disturbing story recently about model Pixee Fox who had six ribs removed in an attempt to look like a real life cartoon and break the record for smallest waist in the world. While many view this as a textbook case of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (or just plain disgusting), what was most shocking is that Fox was able to get a physician to do this surgery.

Fox said that this grotesque procedure was the fulfillment of a long-standing dream to look like “pin-up cartoons like Jessica Rabbit.” I had assumed that whoever did the surgery would hide in obscurity from both public opinion and any relevant medical review board. However, Dr. Barry Eppley, an Indiana surgeon, not only has gone public to take credit but defended the practice. Eppley said that rib removal is largely “an urban myth” but he has made it a reality and removed even more ribs than Fox in another patient. In what is a truly dubious statement, Eppley said “It just seems extreme because it is the only plastic surgery other than liposuction [that removes] normal body parts, so it seems extreme.” No, Doc, that is not the only reason it seems extreme. It is extreme because you are in the business of removing ribs for clearly troubled individuals and calling it medicine.

Yet, Eppley insists that only the 10th rib covers “a bit of the kidney” and “[i]n the typical person you’re not losing protections of your organs.” He added “I wouldn’t recommend it for an athlete though.” Really, otherwise he would recommend it?

Fox has reportedly spent more than $120,000 on surgical procedures, suggesting a serious disorder in my mind but not enough for Eppley to cut out her ribs.

I fail to see how such an operation is ethical for a physician. It seems to me that such a removal would create health dangers. However, accepting Eppley’s account that there is no real risk, there is part of me that says (while disgusting) this is ultimately a matter for the individual (as will other surgeries from studs to horns to implants). My problem is that there are some surgeries that seriously raise the question of the sanity of the person for a doctor. Nothing requires a doctor to accept such an operation and I view this type of work to be perfectly horrific.

Yet, returning to the individual choice question, do you agree that this should left to individuals if there is no medical danger in having so many ribs removed?

Source: Fox

21 thoughts on “Cosmetic Surgeon Removes Model’s Ribs To Look More Like Jessica Rabbit”

  1. As I get older, I am finally starting to come around to my dad’s thesis: “We are ALL just a bunch of monkeys.” Each one grabbing as many bananas as he can. There is no higher power, god, allah, jehovah….we are all just grabbing bananas and trying to pass along our genes.

    The MD has the thin veil legitimacy that he is “helping” this patient, but he is merely lining his pockets (grabbing more bananas). Disgusting.

    I have almost given up hope for humanity. Those running the Shadow Government control our congress critters, who are showered with money from lobbyists, to pass laws beneficial to the corporations, especially those in the MIC (military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about), who have retired generals on their boards of directors who then constantly show up on CNN, FOX fanning the flame of military conflict to increase the profits…with the assistance of the MSM (main stream media) calling POTUS a wimp, whipping fear to make it easier to remove what’s remaining of our Constitutional rights.

    They have no qualms about killing innocent people with drones, and placing our young military men and women in jeopardy (especially the JSOC guys who are POTUS’s personal assassination squad).

    Continual war is the only way to keep the machine rolling to consume the country’s treasures, funneling money to the top while the middle class disappears, infrastructure is crumbling, and our children go uneducated, especially in critical thinking. They are training followers.

    Sorry guys…I rambled a bit off topic, but feel a tad better after venting.

    Be a good monkey today….do something nice for someone else…even if it’s just eye contact and a smile.


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