While the facts continue to unfold regarding this latest tragedy, all of us who are united in our fervor to end such ignorance must walk with Parnham as he seeks to correct public perception of maternal illness and effect an appropriate outcome. As allies in enlightenment, we need to correct media misrepresentations, talk to our friends and families, educate our communities and refuse to collude through silence.
Parnham will forever be an historic hero in the maternal mental health initiative for his empathic understanding and advocacy for those rejected and mislabeled by our naive and sometimes lethal societal myths. A true champion of mothers who suffer and those who love them, his efforts in court may facilitate a justice that takes due process beyond verdict to treatment, beyond punishment to understanding, from the reactionary to the preventive. This is the work that will eventually ensure that no angel infants death will ever be in vain.