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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    /basement like.

    This should actually be the end of the thread, but I'm sure it won't.
    Let's say she was planning to abort the fetus? What changes?
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    Let's say she was planning to abort the fetus? What changes?
    Doesn't matter, because she was not. No need to deflect.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by scatt View Post
    This woman was in the medical field, and lived in a state that specifically has a law about life support and pregnancy. She may not have known about that law, but she most likely did.
    I wholeheartedly disagree. The law in Texas should be interpreted as keeping a living person alive on life support to maintain the pregnancy. The patient is dead. And her wishes are disrespected. Completely.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    I wholeheartedly disagree. The law in Texas should be interpreted as keeping a living person alive on life support to maintain the pregnancy. The patient is dead. And her wishes are disrespected. Completely.
    They are keeping a living person alive. It's called a baby.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Missed the point - my point, and perhaps you're not interested, was that in a hospital setting, if a pregnant woman "died" would the hospital put her immediately on life support to protect the unborn child or would they immediately do a C-section. Again, it's to the issue of how long on life support is too long when it comes to giving an unborn child a chance at survival and a life of his/her own?
    That is a rather obtuse question. If she was to be pronounced brain dead she would have already have been on life support. You cannot declare brain death without a patient being on life support. If she was dead and not on life support she would have been just declared "deceased". And in that case, if she was far enough along, the baby would be delivered by a C-section and taken off of life support.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    They are keeping a living person alive. It's called a baby.
    But it is the mother who is on life support. If the law meant to keep a dead person on life support, it would have said so.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    I wholeheartedly disagree. The law in Texas should be interpreted as keeping a living person alive on life support to maintain the pregnancy. The patient is dead. And her wishes are disrespected. Completely.
    So not only does she not keep up on medical law, she cannot grasp how to read law?

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by scatt View Post
    So not only does she not keep up on medical law, she cannot grasp how to read law?
    Why would she believe that keeping a dead patient on life support was an option? If the law was meant to include keeping dead patients on life support it would have said dead people.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    John, seems like the husband and the woman's mother are suing the hospital to keep the fetus alive. I can understand this. They've lost a loved on and are hanging on to hope for a memory. I understand their desire and wish them the best in a tragic situation.
    I'm pretty sure it's the opposite, that's why it's a news story. The husband claims the wife had a wish not to be put on life support and her mother and the husband want her taken off the life support that is keeping the chances of the fetus's survival alive. What you've said is exactly what most people would feel in this situation, but it's not what's happening.
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    I wholeheartedly disagree. The law in Texas should be interpreted as keeping a living person alive on life support to maintain the pregnancy. The patient is dead. And her wishes are disrespected. Completely.
    This is the first valid point I've heard from the other side - it is true, keeping someone alive who would die if taken off life support is different from putting a dead person on life support. Where we disagree, and I strongly so, is that there is another person, human being, developing entity that by all reports is still alive and that in order to keep the fetus on life support, the dead mother must continue to be used as a part of that life support at least for a period of some weeks if not a few months at which time life support, through the mother, will no longer be necessary.
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