They've been ventilating and feeding a corpse for weeks now . It's grotesque.
If they want to keep her body in state at home, all power to em. But hospitals are for the living, not the dead.
I underlined "life support" in the first paragraph, because one of the points Kaplan makes is that the language surrounding these issues are clouded by the public perception of medical terms - like life support! To many people, that phrase conjures up the impression of a person being alive but unconscious, when in reality, they may be just a physical body with no conscious awareness and not even any unconscious brain functions.
This issue of when to pull the plug, is going to become even more crucial for resolving in the near future, as our populations age and more and more people start needing expensive medical care in their later and final years of life. The last thing we need is putting these decisions under the control of family members, because they may often be the last people to be willing to make a rational decision on when to let nature take its course. I imagine this is more so in the cases like this one - of a child, but young adults may turn into unintended icons for family members to hold prayer vigils around and refuse to bring it to a close.....the Terry Schiavo fiasco jumps out immediately as one that was turned into a circus by concern-troll republican lawmakers in Florida...who were well into the process of slashing Medicaid and hospital funding for the poor, but were fully willing to have the State of Florida cover the estimated $500,000 annual costs of keeping Terry Schiavo functioning!
That's why clear rules and guidelines need to be drafted that will distinguish between someone in a coma, and a living corpse. On the latter - Dr. Kaplan mentioned that this and other notorious cases, like one in Texas - where a pregnant woman has been lying braindead from the point of 16 weeks into her pregnancy, and the husband and other family members want to pull the plug, but the hospital refuses because they are afraid they will be charged with terminating a pregnancy by Texas's idiotic laws! So, they are animating a corpse in the hope that it can give birth to a healthy baby....but somehow this doesn't come across as creepy and revolting to Republicans and non-R conservatives!
Over time, the bodies of the braindead deceased will begin to decay and die, so according to Kaplan, the medical experts who push the ethic of doing everything conceivable to keep a physical body animated, may be in breach of medical ethics themselves, because what they are doing can be interpreted as desecrating a corpse in the latter stages of suspended animation.
Last edited by Commie; 01-15-14 at 02:47 PM.
I would be very interested to see how this case (13 year old McMath) went from brain death to media and lawyer. I would be curious if they were approached or they initiated contact with the media and lawyer willing to fight for keeping a dead child on "life" support.
When someone is grieving, especially if they are medically naïve, they are very susceptible to outside influence. Once the media circus began, there was no turning back.
What a tragic prolongation of the grieving period.
Here's something completely worthless. The Pygmies in central Africa have three levels of death. The first is when a person is declared "dead", which means they are sick. The second is "completely dead", which means the person is gravely ill. The third is "finally and completely dead", which means the person is dead. Everybody needs to know this because it's completely useless, or maybe I should say finally and completely useless. But if you were sequestered with a Pygmy tribe in central Africa, it would be helpful. Maybe.
From what I think is happening, the bills are either being paid by private donations or the new facility is writing it off. That's just because it a high profile case probably. Plus, I'm sure this family is going to be set once the malpractice suit with the hospital is settled. A child going in for tonsillitis dies during the procedure? IMHO a multi-million dollar settlement.
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