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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support[W:315]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    The lawyer who made that for her should have advised her that it wouldn't apply while pregnant. IMO her estate is entitled to a refund.
    There was no such directive. If she had tried to made such a directive, one that would have applied while pregnant, that clause would not have been legally valid anyway and would have been ignored.

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    Since when do husbands have a right to choose anyway?
    Good point. Husbands have no say and that's the way they like it. Now they turn around and try to pull this crap. It's amusing because it's so pathetic and transparent.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    If its the law, why are they suing the hospital instead of rallying for changes in the law?
    I suspect the purpose of suing is to 'settle' for the value of the bill. Too often these media bananzas happen over money. I could imagine the father facing single parenthood, loss of his wife, and not really wanting to raise a second child by himself especially a child with brain damage....taking the mother's body off life support saves a lot of hassle and cost in the long run. Short-term guilt, gets over it, moves on with full sympathy of the community.

    Very easy for me to believe.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    Again, there is no hope. The patient is dead.
    One patient is dead. The other is not. It is obvious you think the kid's life means nothing, but the people of my state - including me - don't agree with you.

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    At 14 weeks, the fetus was not viable outside of the womb.
    Yes, hence the continued life support. Duh.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    If its the law, why are they suing the hospital instead of rallying for changes in the law?
    Frankly, I do not think it is the law. The law pertains to supporting an incapacitated person, not a corpse. I think the interpretation is whacky.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    I suspect the purpose of suing is to 'settle' for the value of the bill. Too often these media bananzas happen over money. I could imagine the father facing single parenthood, loss of his wife, and not really wanting to raise a second child by himself especially a child with brain damage....taking the mother's body off life support saves a lot of hassle and cost in the long run. Short-term guilt, gets over it, moves on with full sympathy of the community.
    Seems to me he's done a lot to erode the sympathy of folks in his community.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    If its the law, why are they suing the hospital instead of rallying for changes in the law?
    As in most such cases, the family is arguing that the hospital has misinterpreted the extent of the laws reach - it might simply be a timing issue - apparently, the woman was declared dead and then was attached to life support when it was determined the fetus still had a heartbeat. The law, apparently, requires that no woman who is alive be taken off life support if they are pregnant and the fetus is still alive.

    By the time this reaches court and is finally adjudicated, the child will likely be in kindergarten or have not survived.
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support[W:315]

    Stay tuned, kids. More government intrusion into your personal medical decisions to come when The Barack Obama Show returns.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support[W:315]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Stay tuned, kids. More government intrusion into your personal medical decisions to come when The Barack Obama Show returns.
    What intrusion into your healthcare has occurred?

    You are obliged to get insured, not healthcare.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    As in most such cases, the family is arguing that the hospital has misinterpreted the extent of the laws reach - it might simply be a timing issue - apparently, the woman was declared dead and then was attached to life support when it was determined the fetus still had a heartbeat. The law, apparently, requires that no woman who is alive be taken off life support if they are pregnant and the fetus is still alive.

    By the time this reaches court and is finally adjudicated, the child will likely be in kindergarten or have not survived.
    You cannot determine brain death unless the patient is already on a ventilator. If the patient could breath at all on her own, she would not be brain dead.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    You cannot determine brain death unless the patient is already on a ventilator. If the patient could breath at all on her own, she would not be brain dead.
    I could be wrong, but my understanding was that she was found dead and rushed to hospital and it was determined on the way that the fetus still had a beating heart. As a result, she was then put on life support. I think the "brain dead" comments here are basically irrelevant - forget the brain part, she was simply declared dead.
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