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I wonder how she reacts on alcohol etc...
Well generally, Seven Year Olds make mean drunks!

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It's not really practical to have a person with her 24/7 as she gets older, so I wonder if she'll have a service dog at some point. Poor kid, man.

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It's not really practical to have a person with her 24/7 as she gets older, so I wonder if she'll have a service dog at some point. Poor kid, man.
I don't know.... if she can feel then she'll be fine. The condition you're referring to is when they can't feel anything, or all nerve sensations feel the same. So touching a hot stove feels exactly like touching a cold one, if they can feel it at all. Though I think those people are able to live alone successfully as well.

In this girl's case, it says she can't feel pain. Pain is a complicated neurological response that involves the entire brain not just the nerve endings, & it's a subjective response. That's why we can't do a scan to determine if someone's in pain or not; there's no "pain center" of the brain. That's also why pain can be so difficult to treat.

I agree with you in that pain is a defense mechanism, but as long as she's logical, vigilantly self-aware, & taught things like, "OK, you suffered a significant impact (like getting run over by a car,) you need to go get checked out & x-rayed," she should be alright living alone.

The real danger (I would think) is in something like appendicitis. In that case, pain – severe pain – is a primary differential. Without it, she might feel "funny," but wouldn't do anything about it. She could be slowly poisoned to death & never know what's wrong. Same with internal bleeding after a car accident, etc.

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Hopefully in the case of poisoning or toxification, she would show other symptoms such as discoloration, nausea, diarrhea, etc. I'm pretty sure nausea isn't processed strictly as pain -- there are other dimensions to it, subjectively -- so she would still have that as a mechanism against things like poisoning or other G.I. issues.

She can probably also feel pressure and heat, just not beyond the pain threshold...? So if she got a bone broken, she would know just from the dull snap.

Fascinating case, though, especially with it being a trifecta. If she's conditioned to eat, she at least won't accidentally starve (and does she feel thirst?). And if she doesn't feel fatigue, then it may be possible that her brain simply doesn't need the rest (although her body would be a different story, assuming she doesn't also have some Wolverine healing factor that the docs haven't discovered yet).

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That is crazy!

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