Skip to comments.Judge Grants Request From Jahi McMath’s Family to Extend Life Support
Posted on 12/30/2013 4:47:11 PM PST by Morgana
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Thank goodness! Let her family decide.
She’s dead, Jim.
On the off chance that there is a snowballs chance in hell I do hope this child wakes up. Even if she’s never quite right at least she woke up.
If she’s truly dead as the hospital claims then this family needs serious counciling. Their desire to keep her on machines could stem from their guilt of putting her under the knife instead of feeding her healthy food and exercising with her.
For how long? And who is paying for this mechanical treatment?
Does the girl’s heart beat? What keeps that in rhythm? Would her stomach digest food if given? The hospital is handling this very poorly. I would guess the other facility has had some serious contacts from the hospital admin that they better not get involved in any way.
While my intent was to use the word “medical”, I think my typo was apropos. They aren’t administering medical treatment, it’s merely mechanically keeping the bellows and pump in her chest moving. When it comes to this kind of prolonging of bodily functions, I’m with Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, “You spend all this time figuring out if you could, you never stopped to think about whether you should.”
And the operation was to relieve a sleep apnea problem....not tonsillitis.
I'm betting this kid had a lot of problems.
“Thank goodness! Let her family decide.”
Most important is that her mother says she is alive and I’m sure the family is paying the hospital bills. Therefore, it is none of the hospital’s or the judge’s business.
I feel bad for the family.
But dead is dead. I don’t think artificially keeping her alive because you don’t want your daughter to be dead is solid reasoning.
You got her past Christmas and I’m glad for you. But it’s time to accept the fact that your daughter is no longer among the living.
This is a tough one, isn’t it? No one wants to see a kid die... but if she is truly brain dead, then that’s it.
Is still find I’m torn because around 35 years ago my great aunt either fell and smacked her head... or had something happen in her brain causing her to fall.
In the hospital, the doctors said she was beyond hope and they wanted to stop life support. My great-uncle fought them for awhile, but eventually my grandmother went to be with her brother because they were going to turn the life-support off.
Well... the woman came out of her coma. She wound up being fine... no real problems from the event (she had been a bit dotty prior... she liked to Windex light switches after people touched them and her house was SPOTLESS)... but she ended up outliving my great-uncle.
So ... I can understand how a mom might feel that the daughter is responding and I can imagine this is a terrible call to have to make.
And you know this how?
FWIW, keeping a patient on life support in an intensive care unit costs, at a minimum, $2,000-$4,000 per day and can run much higher depending on the patients condition, into hundreds of thousands a year.
Nobody recovers from brain death. Ever.
This doctor was also brain dead at one point:
No, he wasn't.
Here's what's happening to Jahi's brain right now. There is no brain activity whatsoever. None. It is not getting blood circulation. The cells are breaking down. Her brain is decomposing. Soon it will turn into a liquid and flow out of her nose.
She is not coming back to life.
Is a coma the same thing as being brain dead?
Read the book.
No. People in comas still have brain activity.
If the family was not paying the bills, have no standing in the courtroom.
Furthermore, the mother thinks that her daughter is living.
Do you want to live in a country where an elected judge decides if you’re dead or alive?
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