Thursday, January 19, 2006
The Doctors Knew Haleigh Might Survive
Virginia Peel, a lawyer for DSS, which has legal custody of the girl, said Haleigh’s doctors have agreed she will not come out of her vegetative state.So they knew when they got the ruling that she would probably continue to breathe on her own. And they were talking to the birth mother telling her that what she thought she saw didn't mean anything. This is all about money. The Massachusetts Supreme Court justices would have heard the conflicting opinions from the doctors, but they still granted permission to remove the feeding tube. This kid's life is hanging by a thread whether she is emerging from a vegetative state or not. If she is able to respond to commands, she isn't in a vegetative state. She's conscious, and she will feel her death from dehydration.
“This is not about the right to life,” Peel said. “This is about the circumstance under which this person is allowed to die.”
Both of Haleigh’s doctors agree she should be removed from the ventilator, but they are split over whether her feeding tube should be disconnected.
They have said that with her feeding tube alone, Haleigh could live as long as two months.
Without any life support assistance, she would die much sooner, the doctors said.
Egan said Strickland should be allowed to have another doctor examine the girl, but Peel said that isn’t necessary.
“When you have consistent medical opinions, why do you have to find a doctor who might — who might — challenge that,” she said.
Pray hard. God knows best but some publicity wouldn't hurt in buying this kid some time to show what she can do. Btw, notice how feeding tubes are now "life support"? There's an awful lot of people on "life support", then. Christopher Reeves had a feeding tube.
This is the kind of thinking typical of government bureaucrats. Why would anyone want nationalized health care?
Yes, this is sick. And this is what even our current steps toward nationalized health care have brought us.
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