That’s the word to describe Thomas Sam, the homeopath pictured above who watched his daughter die of a curable disease while he repeatedly ignored what he was told by real doctors, to treat her only with magic water. Sam and his wife have just been found guilty of manslaughter for this crime, although my guess is it’s the husband who should shoulder most of the blame.
The court heard the couple took Gloria to various health professionals, but while they abandoned each conventional medication she was prescribed within a short time of starting it, they solidly pursued homeopathic remedies.
By the time she died, she was the weight of an average three-month-old, her body was covered with angry blotches and her once black hair had turned completely white.
A general practitioner booked them an appointment with a dermatologist they did not attend because they took the child to India instead, a course of action the doctor told them was "cruel".
They also visited two doctors in India, but discarded the advice of one to return to him every second day, instead consulting a succession of homeopaths including Thomas Sam's brother, who had recently completed his dissertation on eczema.
The arrogance and stupidity is breathtaking. This homeopath decided it was more important to him to treat his sick child with his own brand of magic water and/or sugar pills than to seek real treatments. And even after this experience he had still not learned his lesson, as can be seen from this quote:
"Conventional medicine would have prolonged her life ... with more misery. It's not going to cure her and that's what I strongly believe."
Yeah, I’m sure he believes this. Unfortunately for this child, just because her moron father believed that homeopathy was real medicine, that didn’t make it so.
September 28, 2009 Edited to add:
The parents were just sentenced to six years (the father) and four years (the mother): 'Cruel' parents jailed over baby's death.