Terry Schiavo had no cerebral cortex left, just a crater.
That being said, here's the most interesting part of the whole article:
Why waterboard terrorists when we can hook them up to a machine and know when they're thinking "yes" or "no"?The fMRI method used can decipher the brain's answers to questions in healthy, non-vegetative, participants with 100 per cent accuracy, but it was never tried in a patient who cannot move or speak.
Should be useful on politicians and candidates for elective and appointed office.
"Are you a crook"?
That's why the partisan political bull**** surrounding right to die cases sickens me. The loudest, most grating voices on each side of the debate haven't dealt with the situation.
After months of sitting in a ICU for months and working closely with the people at RIC's TBI floor here for nearly a year, I've seen the whole gamut of brain injuries.
I've seen the families of people who suffer from TBI. I've seen marriages get turned into dependent/guardian relationships. Children taking over the role of parent, and parents reduced to being a child. Athletes turned into cripples and geniuses turned into mentally challenged.
And I've seen plain old miracles. People who were given no chance that are living as though they never got hurt. People who were expected to be in a persistent vegetative state that are living today.
I've also seen the reverse. The anti-miracles. People who were expected to have a good chance of recovery that are in terrible shape years after the injury.
There's no way to predict it.
And there is as much diversity of thought within these communities as there is in the rest of the nation.
The difference is, we who have faced these things know about how things go after the decision is made.
Regardless of the choice a person makes, they are going to live with it for the rest of their lives. And no matter the choice, the reality of that choice often sucks. They don't need clueless assholes making it harder on them.
This is an issue that the government and the uninformed need to stay the **** out of. I don't care which side of the debate they are on.
This is an issue that is very emotional for me, and I won't even try to pretend that I'm using reason in this argument.
Tucker Case - Tard magnet.