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

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Not unheard of... certainly doesn't happen very often... not insane.

    The mom's dead, the kid isn't. You can't save the mom. You have no reason whatsoever to kill the kid. Makes sense.

    Hospital is only "refusing" to break the law.
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Wow, nothing good in this story. If a healthy woman has a right to choose, then since a brain dead woman cannot make that decision, then I would prefer to go with the wishes of the husband over the wishes of the state--regardless of what the husband chooses.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    The uncertainty of the child's health is the reason the Dad and mother are wanting to kill it. They don't want the responsibility of caring for the child if it isn't normal.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
    Not unheard of... certainly doesn't happen very often... not insane.
    I would be interested in seeing other cases cited where the hospital kept a dead person's body functioning against the wishes of the patient and the family. Just post the links you refer to.

    The mom's dead, the kid isn't. You can't save the mom. You have no reason whatsoever to kill the kid. Makes sense.

    Hospital is only "refusing" to break the law.
    Who does the hospital plan on sending the bill to? The mother was without oxygen for an hour, therefore the fetus was without oxygen for an hour. If the fetus is eventually born the chances of it being healthy are very slim, the chances of survival are slim.

    Who will pay for a lifetime of medical expenses for the child if it is borns?

    In response to your final point - the Hospital is interpreting the law. Most others interpret the law to apply to patients who happen to be living.
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by rjay View Post
    I would be interested in seeing other cases cited where the hospital kept a dead person's body functioning against the wishes of the patient and the family.
    The only case I'm aware of - without needing a link - the hospital kept the deceased mother on life support long enough that the baby would live... in accordance with her wishes. These cases of pregnant comatose or pregnant brain-dead patient are pretty rare, as you might imagine they would be.

    I'm sorry, of course you're right that this case is different in that here we have destructive selfishness on display... hopefully just brought on by irrational grief.

    Who does the hospital plan on sending the bill to?
    A kid's medical expenses are usually paid for by their parents, are they not?

    In response to your final point - the Hospital is interpreting the law. Most others interpret the law to apply to patients who happen to be living.
    The mom's dead, no argument there. Brain death is death. So what? The care being provided at this point isn't for the deceased. In a pregnancy there are two patients.


    Another news piece, same story. Man sues JPS Hospital to remove pregnant wife from life support | wfaa.com Dallas - Fort Worth


    You can't sue the hospital for following the law.
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
    Not unheard of... certainly doesn't happen very often... not insane.

    The mom's dead, the kid isn't. You can't save the mom. You have no reason whatsoever to kill the kid. Makes sense.

    Hospital is only "refusing" to break the law.
    The woman had an advance medical directive stating that she did not want life support or cpr.
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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    I know. I can't believe they called it a "baby". Outrageous.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    The woman had an advance medical directive stating that she did not want life support or cpr.
    Yes, I'm aware of that.

    I'm also aware of the fact that the kid couldn't possibly have such a document in place.

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    Re: Texas Hospital keeping pregnant dead lady on life support

    This makes my head hurt. I can't wrap my head around how this can be legally allowed. To force a woman to carry full term is taking away her right to choose. But then she's dead, so she can't choose anyway.

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