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Battle Over Possible Euthanasia of New York Teenager Gets Pro-Life Attention
Life News ^ | 1/1/08 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 01/02/2008 3:57:55 PM PST by wagglebee

Bronx, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The battle over the life and death of a teenage girl in New York has drawn the attention of pro-life advocates in recent days. The fight to save Javona Peters reminds some of the struggle of the Schindler family in Florida to save the life of Terri Schiavo, a beloved daughter and sibling whose former husband eventually took her life.

In this case, Peters' parents are disagreeing on whether or not to remove her feeding tube and take her life.

Peters fell into a coma in October while she had a routine medical procedure at Montefiore Medical Center. Doctors have pegged her as being in a persistent vegetative state, a medical diagnosis pro-life advocates dispute because so many patients have partially or fully recovered.

Peters' parents were never married and are estranged and have considered a medical malpractice suit against the hospital, according to a New York Daily News report.

But Janet Joseph and Leonard Peters are also feuding over Peters' care and have each filed separate requests to be given custody of their daughter. Peters has been opposed to removing the feeding tube but has wavered recently.

Edward Gersowitz, an attorney for Joseph, told the newspaper that "Because of her condition, she cannot make decisions for herself, and the court will have to appoint a guardian to make decisions for her."

As a teen, Peters doesn't have a living will or some other advanced directive providing guidelines for the type of medical treatment, or withdrawal, she favors.

The case has drawn the attention of the Schindler family, which sent out a notice about the case from its foundation, which helps disabled patients receive legal help and appropriate medical care.

Leading bioethics watchdog Wesley J. Smith has also commented on it and he says the PVS diagnosis seems "rushed" to him.

Smith says he sympathizes with the father and the pressure he is under to take Peters' life.

"We know that too often medical teams and social workers pressure and cajole for such outcomes," he said.

Smith draws comparisons to the case of Haleigh Poutre, a Massachusetts girl whom LifeNews.com reported was also declared PVS, but who has recovered from the abuse she suffered.

In that case, state government officials had ordered her feeding tube removed but she recovered from the PVS state shortly beforehand.



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Edward Gersowitz, an attorney for Joseph, told the newspaper that "Because of her condition, she cannot make decisions for herself, and the court will have to appoint a guardian to make decisions for her."

A guardian needs to act in the best interests of the child and NO child's best interest include being killed.

1 posted on 01/02/2008 3:57:59 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping


2 posted on 01/02/2008 4:00:07 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: floriduh voter; BykrBayb; bjs1779

Ping


3 posted on 01/02/2008 4:00:43 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: 230FMJ; 49th; 50mm; 69ConvertibleFirebird; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; An American In Dairyland; ..
Moral Absolutes Ping!

Freepmail wagglebee or little jeremiah to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.

FreeRepublic moral absolutes keyword search
[ Add keyword moral absolutes to flag FR articles to this ping list ]


4 posted on 01/02/2008 4:01:21 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

God help this poor girl.

Parents divorced and arguing over her. Lawsuit against the hospital in the wind. Some trial lawyer is going to see big money in suing the hospital, and will hook up with one of the parents. The primary motivator will probably be the lawsuit money and not the child’s welfare, just as it was with Terri Schiavo’s greedy husband.

The faster she dies, the faster someone can get rich.


5 posted on 01/02/2008 4:02:09 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Unfortunately, you are probably right.


6 posted on 01/02/2008 4:08:05 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Well, it still needs to be fought. All the more so.


7 posted on 01/02/2008 4:09:55 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Yes it does.


8 posted on 01/02/2008 4:18:01 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Peters fell into a coma in October while she had a routine medical procedure at Montefiore Medical Center.

A coma from a "routine medical procedure?"

In America today, abortions are routine medical procedures, and there are many more problems and "complications" than those who support legalized abortion will admit. I wonder if her coma came while she was having an abortion.

Just a thought......

As for the girl and her parents, prayers for a full and complete recovery - and that this tragedy reunites the parents.

9 posted on 01/02/2008 4:23:43 PM PST by Prov3456
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To: Cicero
Some trial lawyer is going to see big money in suing the hospital, and will hook up with one of the parents.

From a legal standpoint this may not be the "cash cow" you might think it is. If the parents are not on good terms there will be an enormous amount of time and money spent in court just to figure out which of the two has the legal standing to file any kind of lawsuit in the case.

If my memory is accurate, a major lawsuit in the infamous Amadou Diallo case in New York City is still being held up for this very reason.

10 posted on 01/02/2008 4:25:44 PM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: wagglebee

What a beautiful young girl.


11 posted on 01/02/2008 5:02:19 PM PST by tioga (Happy New Year!)
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To: tioga

She looks so much like my niece Tamar, it made me do a double take.

God Bless this girl. May she come back to us soon.


12 posted on 01/02/2008 6:44:40 PM PST by netmilsmom (Financing James Marsden's kid's college fund, 1 ticket, 1 DVD at a time.)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Terri Dailies ping!

This is a case happening right now, a battle to the death...

May Terri's Legacy help guide parents and friends in confrontation with the forces seeking her death.

8mm


13 posted on 01/03/2008 3:24:23 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All

"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."

14 posted on 01/03/2008 3:29:47 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Prov3456

I immediately thought of abortion as the “routine medical procedure,” too. Under New York State law, no statistics are collected on abortion-related maternal deaths and medical complications, by the way. Abortionists have been very successful in suppressing all information about this “routine medical procedure.”

Poor girl. On top of that, it sounds as if her parents have dollar signs in their eyes, more than anything else. As did Michael Schiavo, of course.


15 posted on 01/03/2008 3:31:57 AM PST by livius
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To: All
Bobby Schindler to speak...

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DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Was the government right to get involved in Terri Schiavo’s death? Did the court overstep its bounds when it ordered the disabled 41-year-old woman’s feeding tube removed? Will the debate over euthanasia be a factor in the upcoming election?

These are some of the questions Chris Mitchell, president of the Florida Chautauqua Center, hopes Bobby Schindler, Schiavo’s brother, will answer at the 13th Annual Florida Chautauqua Assembly.

Schindler opens the assembly with a keynote speech at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 at First United Methodist Church in DeFuiak Springs. The assembly’s apt theme this year is “A Journey into the American Presidency.”

Mitchell said he wants the assembly to educate voters........................

Terri Schiavo's brother to speak... Bobby Schindler will give a keynote speech Jan. 31 at Chautauqua Assembly

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16 posted on 01/03/2008 3:41:22 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee

Since they didn’t say what the “routine medical procedure” was, and since abortion is now a routine medical procedure, it’s a safe bet to think that that’s what was done.


17 posted on 01/03/2008 3:42:45 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: All
Haleigh Poutre is still alive after Massachusetts DSS tried to kill her and failed. But her condition is still not clear this long time after, as DSS considers her their private property shielded from the eyes of the public. But this is about Jocelyn Ward, another victim in that state, along with Dontel Jeffers and Rebecca Riley. Perhaps under the new leadership things will get better for the poor kids.

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Jennifer Ward, charged with first-degree murder in the shaking death of her 9-month-old daughter, is set to appear for a bail hearing in Salem Superior Court today.

Hopefully, the appearance by the 37-year-old Peabody resident will lead to more details about the Nov. 21 death of Jocelyn Ward Anderson, and how the state Department of Social Services handled her case.

So far, there has been little helpful information on that account. We do know, according to an agency spokesman, that until her death, DSS considered the girl's case "a success story."

There are many unanswered questions:

* Jennifer Ward was allowed to take her daughter home from the hospital after the Feb. 22 birth despite the fact both had illegal drugs in their system. (This contradicts an earlier statement by the DSS that the agency took the baby into custody after the birth.) Is it common practice to allow newborns to go home when they and their mother have drugs in their system?

* The infant was taken from Ward late the next month by DSS, which was responding to a complaint of neglect. She was returned in July, after Ward went through drug treatment and a parenting education program. Is a little more than three months enough time to deal with problems of drug abuse and neglect?

* Did the agency continue to monitor Ward after July and, if so, how closely was she monitored?................................

Unanswered questions in shaken baby death

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18 posted on 01/03/2008 3:52:21 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
A reminder to all, Scott Thomas, surviving an earlier outrage.

Scott's Fight

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19 posted on 01/03/2008 4:00:47 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
At a different point on the spectrum of pro life, wagglebee has this thread...

LONDON, January 2, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Following a UK Parliamentary question, data from a government organization showed that over one million human embryonic children were killed in the UK in the past 14 years as 'waste' embryos from in vitro fertilization (IVF) processes.

The acquired data showed that 2,137,924 embryonic humans were created using IVF between 1991 and 2005, but about 1.2m were never used. Scientists killed the embryos who were not deemed strong enough for implantation, and froze those not considered 'waste' embryos. Those that survived the freezing process will die in ten years if not implanted................

UK IVF Clinics Have Intentionally Killed over One Million Human Embryonic Children

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20 posted on 01/03/2008 4:06:46 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Wesley J. Smith put this out on blog on December 28, as may be found in amplification in the link of the thread article, a link posted from the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation,

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This is a terribly tragic case: Javona Peters has been diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state (a terrible name for a diagnosis, the only one I know of which contains a pejorative, a derivation of the V word). She became unconscious less than three months ago, and so the diagnosis seems rushed to me. In any event, from the story:

The emotionally shaken father of a 16-year-old girl in an irreversible coma at Montefiore Medical Center is wavering in his opposition to ending what's left of her life."I'm 85% changed in my mind now, but I don't know the legality," said Leonard Peters, whose daughter Javona Peters is in a permanent vegetative state after what was supposed to be a routine operation on Oct. 17. "I've got to think about it. I've got to talk to my lawyer," he said, a day after the Daily News reported on the teen's condition. "I mean, if nothing is working for Javona, I don't see the point now."........................

Pulling a Feeding Tube from a 16-Year-Old?

8mm

21 posted on 01/03/2008 4:20:44 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee

btt


22 posted on 01/03/2008 4:26:53 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: wagglebee

btt


23 posted on 01/03/2008 4:26:55 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: All; Lesforlife

For Immediate Release (January 2, 2008):

ARTL’s Rohrbough: Pro-lifer of the Year
Jill Stanek Poll Selects Columbine Dad Brian Rohrbough

Colorado Right To Life congratulates our former president, Brian Rohrbough, who is now the president of the newly-formed national pro-life organization, American Right to Life, for winning the Stanek Pro-Lifer of the Year poll.

 

Jill Stanek, herself one of the “30 most prominent pro-life leaders of the past 30 years,” according to World Magazine, wrote on her popular JillStanek.com blog:

Congratulations to Brian Rohrbough for being named the Stanek blog's 2007 Pro-lifer of the Year by our poll. Brian received over 41% of the vote [out of a field of nine nominees], which he got from all over the country - not just from supporters in his home state of Colorado. … Brian's arrival on the public pro-life scene was launched tragically by the killing of his son Dan during the Columbine massacre on April 20, 1999. Since then, Brian has used his publicity in large part to decry abortion, as evidenced by the words he chose for his son's plaque at the Columbine High School memorial, dedicated this past September.

 

To avoid influencing the holiday poll, held between Christmas and New Years, CRTL did not link to Stanek’s website from ColoradoRightToLife.org, nor did they inform their members of the voting.

 

Mr. Rohrbough has gained national recognition opposing the failed strategy of the pro-life industry, which is the regulation of child killing, and for promoting the valid alternative, the promotion of the God-given right to life in personhood efforts. More information about Mr. Rohrbough is available on the “Who We Are” page of AmericanRightToLife.org. “We thank Jill Stanek for keeping the pro-life community updated about the ongoing fight to end ‘legalized’ child killing,” said current CRTL president Joe Riccobono, “and we thank ARTL president Brian Rohrbough for providing a strategy for victory!”

  Contact Leslie Hanks
V.P., Colorado Right To Life
303 753-9394 or 720-394-8946
lhanks@coloradorighttolife.org

24 posted on 01/03/2008 5:52:08 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

The right to privacy which is NOT in the Constitution protects the negligent and the miscreants. It doesn’t really protect the patient and was never meant to. It is the ultimate assault on patients and patient-victims.


25 posted on 01/03/2008 7:39:56 AM PST by floriduh voter (TERRI'S DAY MARCH 31, 2008 Remember Terri's hopes & fears, not the cowards.)
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To: wagglebee

“Peters fell into a coma in October while she had a routine medical procedure at Montefiore Medical Center.”

Just another day at the butcher block, I see.


26 posted on 01/03/2008 8:02:55 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: wagglebee

Apparently some mistakes were mad during anathesia and the planned operation to remove her lifelong brain shunt didn’t get to that point before she stopped breathing.

Much greater detail in this article from Daily News:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/12/26/2007-12-26_kin_battle_over_daughters_life_support-2.html


27 posted on 01/03/2008 8:11:46 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Prov3456

That was my first thought too.


28 posted on 01/03/2008 8:14:47 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: wagglebee; Lesforlife; EternalVigilance; Sun; BykrBayb; 8mmMauser
Life or death by committee.

"Give Jovana a chance." (nothing rhymes with Jovana). Can we try that for a slogan and pass it along to our pro-life web sites. If Jovana has a slogan, it will help I hope. Any other slogan ideas for Jovana, please post them on this thread. FV

29 posted on 01/03/2008 8:15:12 AM PST by floriduh voter (TERRI'S DAY MARCH 31, 2008 Remember Terri's hopes & fears, not the cowards.)
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To: PhilDragoo
ping. Give Jovana a Chance.

Slogan contest has begun. Other creativity welcome but not required.

30 posted on 01/03/2008 8:16:55 AM PST by floriduh voter (TERRI'S DAY MARCH 31, 2008 Remember Terri's hopes & fears, not the cowards.)
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To: Old Professer

Thanks for that article. Much more informative. Sounds like the mother has already written her off completely.


31 posted on 01/03/2008 8:18:51 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: Prov3456

Water on the brain. Absolutely nothing at all to do with abortion.


32 posted on 01/03/2008 8:22:43 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

Nope. Easy to look it up and see what it actually was.


33 posted on 01/03/2008 8:23:29 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: Prov3456

Well, you’d think if it was a tonsillectomy or an appendectomy it would be in the articl.


34 posted on 01/03/2008 12:04:31 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: wagglebee; floriduh voter

“Smith draws comparisons to the case of Haleigh Poutre, a Massachusetts girl whom LifeNews.com reported was also declared PVS, but who has recovered from the abuse she suffered.”

And PVS is so often misdiagnosed.


35 posted on 01/03/2008 1:54:28 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: floriduh voter

I wonder how we could get some of the amazing recovery
stories into the hands of Mr. Peters.

He most certainly needs our prayers for strength to
withstand the immense pressures on him to waver.

‘Father God, we pray for Javona and her Dad in this
tragic situation. We seek your wisdom for the medical
professionals treating her and we pray for a sign to Mr.
Peters that his daughter is hearing what he speaks into
her life each visit. Let her be blessed to have pro-life
professionals tending her needs and praying for her.

We pray that even her Mother would learn of how cruel
starvation and dehydration is and would find her heart
softening to the idea that her precious daughter might,
indeed, recover - if given a chance.

Lord it is always in the mighty name of Jesus, lover of our
souls, that we pray.

Amen


36 posted on 01/03/2008 2:10:05 PM PST by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13!!!!!)
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To: Sun
And PVS is so often misdiagnosed.

If you can get a doctor to talk honestly, you will they will usually admit that they hate to not be able to give a diagnosis, so they come up with "blanket" diagnoses to explain certain conditions.

37 posted on 01/03/2008 3:24:35 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Lesforlife
Recoveries and/or saved lives? There are so many. Ambien which is a sleep aid is waking coma and pvs patients up. What a positive twist of fate. Ambien, not just for sleeping.

If people wake up, they can't be labeled and cast aside. Life matters. Conception to natural death, not committees who I can guarantee you are avoiding Ambien at all costs. Ambien could slow down business at the huge hospices and institutions. They wouldn't have anybody misdiagnosed to fill the rooms.

In order to make money, they need a steady pool of patient-victims. They'll neglect, overmedicate or misdiagnosis if they are merchants of death.

If you've ever seen someone whose arms cannot reach a giant cup they can see but nobody is helping them, you know what I mean. If we don't get staff to provide hydration as a matter of their daily activities, this country's over. Dehydration is tkg lives daily under the radar. These people have no living wills. It is simple neglect that is taking lives.

If staff won't, where do we start? Nowadays, people can't just waltz in and volunteer. They don't like "strangers" who actually are kind and compassionate hanging around. LFL, you know what I'm talking about.

38 posted on 01/03/2008 5:20:31 PM PST by floriduh voter (TERRI'S DAY MARCH 31, 2008 Remember Terri's hopes & fears, not the cowards.)
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To: floriduh voter

Here is one for her Dad:

Man awake, talking after 47-floor fall
AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/3/08 | David B. Caruso - ap
Posted on 01/03/2008 7:21:17 PM MST by NormsRevenge
NEW YORK - Doctors say they have never seen anything like it: A window washer who fell 47 stories from the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper is now awake, talking to his family and expected to walk again.

Alcides Moreno, 37, plummeted almost 500 feet in a Dec. 7 scaffolding collapse that killed his brother.

Somehow, Moreno lived, and doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center announced Thursday that his recovery has been astonishing.

He has movement in all his limbs. He is breathing on his own. And on Christmas Day, he opened his mouth and spoke for the first time since the accident.

His wife, Rosario Moreno, cried as she thanked the doctors and nurses who kept him alive.

“Thank God for the miracle that we had,” she said. “He keeps telling me that it just wasn’t his time.”

Dr. Herbert Pardes, the hospital’s president, described Moreno’s condition when he arrived for treatment as “a complete disaster.”

Both legs and his right arm and wrist were broken in several places. He had severe injuries to his chest, his abdomen and his spinal column. His brain was bleeding. Everything was bleeding, it seemed.

In those first critical hours, doctors pumped 24 units of donated blood into his body — about twice his entire blood volume.

They gave him plasma and platelets and a drug to stimulate clotting and stop the hemorrhaging. They inserted a catheter into his brain to reduce swelling and cut open his abdomen to relieve pressure on his organs.

Moreno was at the edge of consciousness when he was brought in. Doctors sedated him, performed a tracheotomy and put him on a ventilator.

His condition was so unstable, doctors worried that even a mild jostle might kill him, so they performed his first surgery without moving him to an operating room.

Nine orthopedic operations followed to piece together his broken body.

Yet, even when things were at their worst, the hospital’s staff marveled at his luck.

Incredibly, Moreno’s head injuries were relatively minor for a fall victim. Neurosurgeon John Boockvar said the window washer also managed to avoid a paralyzing spinal cord injury, even though he suffered a shattered vertebra.

“If you are a believer in miracles, this would be one,” said the hospital’s chief of surgery, Dr. Philip Barie.

New York-Presbyterian has treated people who have tumbled from great heights before, including a patient who survived a 19-story fall, but most of those tales end sadly.

The death rate from even a three-story fall is about 50 percent, Barie said. People who fall more than 10 stories almost never survive.

“Forty-seven floors is virtually beyond belief,” Pardes said.

Science may never be able to explain what protected Moreno when the platform he and his brother were using atop an Upper East Side apartment tower broke free and fell to the ground.

Edgar Moreno, 30, of Linden N.J., died instantly. He was buried in Ecuador, where the brothers are from.

Alcides Moreno, whom his wife described as strong and athletic, may have clung to his scaffolding platform as it dropped. It is possible that the metal platform offered him some protection, although doctors said they were unsure how.

An investigation into the cause of the accident continues.

Rosario Moreno said that her husband remembers little of the fall but that he didn’t need to be told his brother had died.

The injured window washer spent about three weeks on a ventilator, unable to speak, and initially his only means of communication was by touch.

“He wanted to touch my face, touch my hair,” Rosario Moreno said.

She would take his hand and hold it to her skin. Then, one day, he reached out and touched one of the nurses.

Rosario Moreno said that when she heard about it, she jokingly lectured her husband to keep his hands to himself. He answered in English, “What did I do?”

“It stunned me,” she said, “because I didn’t know he could speak.”

There is still a rough road ahead for the tough New Jersey man, a father of three children, ages 14, 8 and 6.

He was scheduled to undergo another spinal surgery on Friday, and he will need another operation to reconstruct his abdominal wall. There is a chance he could develop complications, even life-threatening ones, during the months ahead.

Moreno will remain in the hospital for at least a few more weeks, doctors said. After that, he will need extensive physical rehabilitation. It may be another year before doctors know how much he will improve.

The medical staff was guarded Thursday about his prospects for returning to a normal life. Doctors said they believe he will walk, but they also suggested that some of his injuries are likely to be lifelong.

“We’re optimistic for a very substantial recovery, eventually,” Barie said

Rosario Moreno said she knows this much for sure: His days as a window washer are over. “I told him, ‘You’re not going back to work there,’” she said.


39 posted on 01/03/2008 7:12:16 PM PST by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13!!!!!)
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To: All
Latest on Javona...

Not really an update...

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DIVIDED: In a story reminiscent of the Terri Schiavo case, the life of a 16-year-old comatose girl hangs in the balance. Javona Peters is in a vegetative state after undergoing brain surgery at a New York hospital on Oct. 17. Her father, Leonard Peters, wants his daughter to remain on life support, but her mother, Janet Joseph, told the New York Daily News she wants to pull the feeding tube to let her daughter "go in peace." Joseph is also seeking full custody of her daughter in order to sue the hospital for malpractice. A guardianship hearing is scheduled this month.

The Buzz

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40 posted on 01/04/2008 3:04:25 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Pro life prism on candidates...

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Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) -- Iowa Republicans and Democrats head to their caucus votes tonight and many of them will be guided by their pro-life views on which candidate to support. On the Democratic side, all of the candidate strongly support abortion. Republicans have mostly pro-life candidates with nuanced views or backgrounds on the issues.

Republican Candidates

Mike Huckabee - The former Arkansas governor is one of the strongest pro-life candidates in the field and has a history of supporting pro-life measures. In 2005, Huckabee signed a parental consent bill and in March 2003 Huckabee signed a ban on human cloning. Huckabee also signed a bill in 2003 authorizing the sale of Choose Life license plates. The governor earned the endorsement of Georgia Right to Life because he favors a personhood bill there that would provide legal protection for unborn children.

Starting in the back of the pack, Huckabee has surged in November and December and now is shown leading in Iowa in most polls and has built momentum elsewhere. His expected strong showing would lend credence to his newfound top-tier status and give him momentum to do better in Iowa and to strongly compete in South Carolina.

Mitt Romney - Romney has been perhaps the most controversial candidate when it comes to abortion because he once strongly support it. Romney says he converted to the pro-life position after confronting the destruction of human life in embryonic stem cell research. Despite frequently sounding pro-life themes during the campaign and earning the endorsement of leading pro-life figures Jack Willke and Jim Bopp, some have questioned whether Romney is truly pro-life and point to past actions that cast aspersions on his claims. Though he opposes the destructive research, Romney has drawn criticism for saying he supports killing human embryos "leftover" at fertility clinics.

Romney has built a solid campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire and is one of the Republicans considered most likely to win the nomination. A win or second in Iowa would put him in good stead for New Hampshire, but a second in Iowa and a second to John McCain in New Hampshire may take the wind out of his sails. He also has to worry that the media may spin a second place finish into a poor performance given how much money and time he's spent in Iowa.

Fred Thompson - The former Tennessee senator took a long time to formally enter the race but quickly earned the support of National Right to Life and several statewide pro-life groups. He opposes both abortion and embryonic stem cell research and compiled a strong 100% pro-life voting record in the Senate. Thompson was tagged on comments about Terri Schiavo and has drawn criticism for backing the campaign finance bill, but he's since backed down on the latter and said he would sign a bill helping patients like Terri receive appropriate medical care. He also was criticized for a few hours of lobbying he did for a pro-abortion group in the early 1990s, but said he was simply representing the clients of his law firm and didn't support their efforts.

Thompson was hailed as a savior of a lackluster Republican field when he first entered the race but has been jeered for becoming a lackluster candidate himself. His polling numbers have dropped steadily in the last two months and he is expected to come in third or fourth in Iowa. With no campaign in New Hampshire, Thompson must finish strong tonight to be able to fund his campaign until the backyard contest in South Carolina.

John McCain -- The senator from Arizona has long had a pro-life voting record when it comes to abortion issues, but his position on everything else has caused pro-life groups to lose considerable sleep. The campaign finance bill that limits their activities bears his name and McCain has voted repeatedly for embryonic stem cell research funding. He's also been criticized for opposing and then supporting the reversal of Roe v. Wade. When Sen. Sam Brownback dropped out, the pro-life luminary threw his support to McCain but some chalked it up to support of a colleague rather than ideological similarities.

McCain's campaign was considered through during the summer and fall months but he has rebounded in recent weeks as other candidates have attacked one another and as foreign policy matters have come to the forefront. He gave up on campaigning in Iowa so a third place finish would exceed expectations and give him a boost heading into New Hampshire. Polls show him leading or second in the Granite State and he's performed well there in the past. A third in Iowa and a win in New Hampshire could be McCain's ticket to Minneapolis.

Rudy Giuliani -- Rudy Giuliani is the only self-declared pro-abortion candidate in the Republican race and he's not likely going to get the support of many pro-life voters in Iowa. He's been attacked for flip-flopping on partial-birth abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions and has been called out for inflating adoption statistics in New York. LifeNews.com has issued a non-endorsement urging pro-life voters to reject his candidacy.

Despite claims from some political observers and media pundits and despite polls showing him competing well nationally, LifeNews.com predicted almost a month ago that Giuliani would not win the GOP nomination. Since then, Giuliani has given up on Iowa and New Hampshire and may come in sixth tonight behind Ron Paul. Giuliani has no realistic shot at competing with the top-tier candidates in conservative South Carolina and three losses in a row (combined with more likely in Wyoming, Nevada or Michigan) will make his stand in Florida meaningless.

Ron Paul -- A former surgeon and obstetrician, Paul is strongly pro-life on abortion and has flatly refused to fund embryonic stem cell research. However, his approach is both a blessing and a curse. Paul wants abortions illegal but has opposed several federal bills that would limit or stop abortions because he doesn't think it the right way to end abortion. That's earned him both praise and scorn from pro-life advocates depending on their strategic approach. As president Paul would certainly stop the kinds of domestic and international abortion funding pro-life advocates oppose.

The Internet sensation has come along way from his one percent standing in the polls during much of 2007 and could surprise observers with a third or fourth place finish in Iowa and a strong showing in New Hampshire. He's raised more money of late than most of the field but can't seem to convert that into more support in the polls.

Duncan Hunter - Congressman Hunter is strongly pro-life on both abortion and bioethics issues. However, he has never been more than a blip in the polls and the question is less about whether he will become the nominee and more about when he will drop out and whom he will endorse.

Alan Keyes - The former ambassador is a hero to many pro-life advocates, but the reasons for his very late entry into the presidential race are still unclear to many. Sadly, his poor showings will detract from the strong performance he put in during the 2000 Republican primary when he placed third in Iowa and stayed in the race long enough to raise the pro-life standard high............................

Pro-Life Candidate Guide to the Iowa Republican, Democratic Caucus

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41 posted on 01/04/2008 3:15:20 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; SErtelt; wagglebee
Thread by SErtelt on watch of backers of Planned Parenthood...

Thanks, wagglebee, for the ping.

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-life group that monitors Planned Parenthood and companies that support the nation's largest abortion business has released a new list of corporate supporters.

Life Decisions International says 160 companies have stopped backing the pro-abortion group since its boycotts began.

Planned Parenthood Watchdog Releases New List of Corporate Supporters

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42 posted on 01/04/2008 3:23:34 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Interesting thread on Romney in light of last night Iowa Caucus...

BOSTON, January 3, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A number of Massachusetts conservative leaders are warning pro-life and pro-family voters to pay close attention to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's decisions as governor on marriage, life, children, and family, saying that a number of conservatives are covering up a pro-abortion, pro-gay legacy to sustain his candidacy.

Conservative Activists Warn "Aggressive Cover-up" of Pro-abortion, Pro-gay Romney Legacy

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43 posted on 01/04/2008 3:31:34 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

Romney Fairy Tale:

www.ARTLaction.com


44 posted on 01/04/2008 6:08:15 AM PST by Lesforlife ("For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb . . ." Psalm 139:13!!!!!)
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To: 8mmMauser
All of the GOP candidates, except Rudy, are now pro-life. Just because someone has not been in the past does not mean they cannot change. I have a relative who has made this kind of change and is now strongly pro life.
45 posted on 01/04/2008 2:56:04 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Hyphenating the Conservative base...

CONCORD, N.H. - They were called Reagan Democrats and then "values voters." They were the police and firefighters President Bush credited with his 2004 reelection. And in this week's Iowa caucuses, they were the dominant constituency in the Republican Party.

For decades, Republicans sought to reach beyond their traditional base of business-oriented, upper-income voters by wooing blue-collar voters through social issues and appeals to patriotism. But Thursday in Iowa, working-class Republicans flexed their muscles, sending former governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas to a clear victory over businessman Mitt Romney - and leaving some upper-income conservatives to wonder whether they are in control of their party anymore.

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When Bush launched his ambitious campaign to privatize Social Security, Christian conservatives expressed dismay, saying their members couldn't support such a scheme. But when Bush answered requests from Christian conservatives to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman whose husband wanted her removed from life support, many GOP economic conservatives were dismayed.

Such economic conservatives also blamed social conservatives for increased government spending on Medicare, education, and other traditionally liberal priorities under Bush and the recent GOP-led Congress............

Lower-earning voters reshaping GOP base

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46 posted on 01/05/2008 3:46:21 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Dante3

Some of the strongest voices of advocacy can come from the converted.


47 posted on 01/05/2008 3:52:15 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; Jay777; narses; wagglebee; SErtelt
Thread by Jay777 on Fred Thompson endorsement by Right to Life in Wyoming...

Thanks, narses, for the ping.

"We're proud to endorse Senator Thompson for president because he has a long track record of supporting pro-life principles," stated Steven Ertelt, President of Right to Life of Wyoming. "Senator Thompson had a 100% pro-life voting record during his tenure in Congress. Today, he supports overturning the Roe v Wade decision which allowed for unlimited abortions, he opposes euthanasia, and he opposes forcing taxpayers to fund scientific research that requires the destruction of human life.".................

Fred Thompson Announces Endorsement of Right to Life of Wyoming

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48 posted on 01/05/2008 3:59:18 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser
I ask again, "So, if President Bush answered our requests, where then is Terri?"

He did NOT answer our requests and neither did his baby brother.

Never ask politicians for much.

49 posted on 01/05/2008 4:37:17 PM PST by floriduh voter (TERRI'S DAY MARCH 31, 2008 Remember Terri's hopes & fears, not the cowards.)
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To: floriduh voter

Well he did give an answer and it came graphically from baby bother, branded now in my mind as the image of Pontius Pilate, too busy washing hands to help right now.


50 posted on 01/06/2008 4:05:03 AM PST by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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