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In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy, the Kaufman family disembarks the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) at Naval Air Station North Island April 9, 2014 in San Diego, California.
A family who required a rescue at sea after their one year old daughter became seriously ill is being criticized for taking her and her three-year-old sister out on a long sailing expedition.
Eric and Charlotte Kaufman’s smallest child, Lyra, had been treated for salmonella just weeks before the family set sail around the round-the-world. Just two weeks into the trip, she began suffering from a rash and high temperature.
Worried about her symptoms, nine hundred miles off the coast of Mexico and unable to steer their ship, the Kaufmans decided to call for emergency help. After a complicated and expensive rescue operation, the Kaufman’s returned to San Diego safely on Wednesday, greeted by harsh criticism and questions about whether their decision to take their small children on the voyage was unwise.
Were the Kaufmans negligent when they set sail with a sick young daughter? Are lifestyle choices such as this beneficial for child development? Or are long sailing trips just too dangerous for young children?
Jennifer Medina, Reporter for The New York Times