Rosemary Kennedy

Rose Marie Kennedy , known as Rosemary Kennedy ( 13 as September as 1918 – 7 as January as 2005 ) was the third descendant and the first child of the marriage of Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Kennedy . At the age of 23, she underwent a lobotomy that left her incapacitated for life.

Birth and diagnosis

Rosemary was the eldest daughter of the Kennedy clan and sister of John F. Kennedy . According to her father, at birth she was diagnosed with mild mental retardation, due to complications at birth, and was subject to continuous mood swings (uncontrollable anger). In spite of everything, she was a very attractive and daring young woman who loved parties and social life.

Treatment

In the early 1940s , lobotomy was considered a revolutionary technique for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Her father, worried about the consequences of John F. Kennedy’s political career that could provoke Rosemary’s attitude, especially for the possibility that Rosemary might get pregnant during some flirtation, was convinced that lobotomy would increase the IQ of Rosemary at the level of his brothers, but the intervention carried out by Dr. Walter Freeman did not produce the desired effects, and he was left with the mental age of a two-year-old boy, 1 “totally disabled, Walk, “he was speechless and had incontinence. 2Rosemary was then 23 years old. She was first admitted to a private psychiatric hospital, Craig House , located one hour north of New York , where she remained until 1949. She was transferred to St. Coletta , Jefferson , Wisconsin . His father never saw her again, according to the book Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter , by Kate Larson . 3

Revelation before the public opinion

In public opinion , the family described her as a person with a mental disability , and none of Rosemary’s brothers knew of her real situation until, in 1961, the clan’s mother revealed what had happened, and it was then that the family saw her again. 4 Rosemary also traveled with her family to Florida , Washington and the Cape Cod family home .

Death

She died of natural causes at the age of 86 at Fort Memorial Hospital in New York , accompanied by her brothers Ted Kennedy , Jean Kennedy Smith , Eunice and Patricia. Of the children of the family, was his fifth death, the first due to natural causes. Rest in Brookline Holyhood Cemetery .

References

  1. Back to top↑ Díaz, 2010; 80
  2. Back to top↑ Reforma / Staff (2015, September 4). Kennedy’s sister tragedy unveils book Reformation , People section, p. 1. (Accessed September 4, 2015)
  3. Back to top↑ Reforma / Staff (2015, September 4). Kennedy’s sister tragedy unveils book Reformation , People section, p. 1. (Accessed September 4, 2015)
  4. Back to top↑ Reforma / Staff (2015, September 4). Kennedy’s sister tragedy unveils book Reformation , People section, p. 1. (Accessed September 4, 2015)