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Woman Fights to Have Comatose Son Euthanized
Fox News ^ | 5/18/2009

Posted on 05/19/2009 5:50:12 PM PDT by markomalley

Edited on 05/20/2009 6:49:08 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

An Australian woman would like doctors to administer a fatal dose of morphine to her comatose son.

Joanne Dunn wants her son to die in her arms. Mark Leigep, 34, has been in a vegetative state for more than three years.


(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: dunn; euthanasia; leigep; moralabsolutes; prolife
And on goes the debate.

Before siding on this, I'd ask you to consider the cases of Kate Adamson, Terry Wallace or Sarah Scantlin.

1 posted on 05/19/2009 5:50:13 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

...I’m happy to stay out of this debate.


2 posted on 05/19/2009 5:51:50 PM PDT by americanophile (There's science, logic, reason; there's thought verified by experience & then there's California)
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To: markomalley

Interesting that the first two cases compare themselves to Schiavo when in fact they weren’t anything like her.

There was plenty of evidence of Terri’s awareness of her surroundings, ability to eat, and limited ability to communicate.


3 posted on 05/19/2009 5:54:35 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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To: markomalley
There is no debate. Life is life until it ceases, period.

Everything else is sophistry.

4 posted on 05/19/2009 5:55:37 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the machines will break.)
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To: markomalley

A sad story and a tough position to put your family. A living will is a good thing to have. Prayers for the woman and her son.


5 posted on 05/19/2009 5:56:18 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: swmobuffalo

Should have aborted him...she wouldn’t have been saddled with a baby...I wanna puke...


6 posted on 05/19/2009 5:56:40 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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7 posted on 05/19/2009 5:59:17 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: markomalley
Pinged from Terri Dailies


8 posted on 05/19/2009 6:08:29 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: markomalley

Prayers for Mark Leigep.

Prayers that his mother finds her soul.


9 posted on 05/19/2009 6:16:55 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Fight the bastards or perish! ~ Jim Robinson ~ Þ)
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To: markomalley
This one is really above my pay grade.
10 posted on 05/19/2009 6:30:22 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: markomalley
IBTT*

*In Before the Trolls.
11 posted on 05/19/2009 6:31:24 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

They will be here soon enough!


12 posted on 05/19/2009 6:32:54 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: markomalley

Yow. So they’ve almost decided to starve him on three occasions?


13 posted on 05/19/2009 6:38:38 PM PDT by Winstons Julia
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To: markomalley

If there is no, or little chance of him recovering, I believe she should be granted her wish. It’s a shame the guy didn’t have a living will. I don’t know anyone who would want to lay in a coma for the rest of their lives, myself included.

I’m curious as to why she wants a lethal dosage of Morphine. One would think a combination of Benzos and the more potent synthetic opioids would be more efficient. Perhaps she hasn’t consulted a professional for such matters.


14 posted on 05/19/2009 6:59:45 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: the invisib1e hand

Of course, she doesn’t want to kill him herself (she can’t get her hands on a pillow?) She wants someone else ordered to kill him for her.


15 posted on 05/19/2009 8:14:56 PM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: markomalley

Bookmark


16 posted on 05/19/2009 8:24:12 PM PDT by southland ( 1 John 4:4 , Zec 12:9, PS 121, PRO 3.5,6)
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To: markomalley

Case: Mark Leigep v. The Commonwealth of Australia

Verdict: Guilty of been in a coma from injury

Punishment: Death by starvation

Plea Deal: Denied

Cruel and sickening!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 05/19/2009 10:46:54 PM PDT by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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To: BykrBayb

Amen.


18 posted on 05/20/2009 7:05:47 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I’m about to hurl. I clicked on a link in the Fox News story, and there’s a longer version at http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,25498193-5006301,00.html .

They have a poll where you can vote on whether or not the victim should be allowed to live. Naturally they use deceptive wording to suggest that the victim is the one requesting his own murder.

Mommy Dearest said it seemed wrong that he was both a “strain on the health system” and still collecting the dole. (Her wording, not mine).


19 posted on 05/20/2009 7:29:48 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Fight the bastards or perish! ~ Jim Robinson ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb; trisham
They have a poll where you can vote on whether or not the victim should be allowed to live. Naturally they use deceptive wording to suggest that the victim is the one requesting his own murder.

The culture of death honestly believes that if they can win an American Idol-type poll that they will have the ability to kill whoever they want.

20 posted on 05/20/2009 3:26:21 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: the invisib1e hand

The reality is that very often, it is the pain meds or other palliative meds that hasten death and it is NOT euthanasia.

there is only debate because of the advances of science...70 years ago, there would be no debate, the person would die of “natural” causes...now we keep people alive with all sorts of interventions, so where are we really? Debating.

Good idea, a living will.


21 posted on 05/20/2009 3:29:50 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (It's time for the grown ups !)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie; BykrBayb; trisham; floriduh voter; Lesforlife; Sun
there is only debate because of the advances of science...70 years ago, there would be no debate, the person would die of “natural” causes...now we keep people alive with all sorts of interventions, so where are we really? Debating.

This man is on a FEEDING TUBE and feeding tubes have been used to some degree of success for several hundred years. The effectiveness of them has been greatly enhanced in recent decades because of advances in hypoallergenic plastics and antibiotics.

What you dismiss as "interventions" are, in reality, nothing more than advances in technology. We EMBRACE technological advances in ALL other areas of life, why not medicine? Would you buy a car without air conditioning? What about a house without indoor plumbing or electricity? Do you use aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen? Do you take vitamins?

Sixty years ago a burst appendix was often deadly, today it's no big deal. Fifty years ago a clogged artery near the heart was pretty much a death sentence, today they are routinely corrected.

We are continually improving our lives through technology. Why do you embrace some and not others?

22 posted on 05/20/2009 5:12:39 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: KoRn
Not that it matters. The point is, she is asking to have this done to meet her needs, not his. Fortunately his Guardian brother has other ideas.

I wonder if they have tried giving this guy a sleeping pill. He might wake up.

23 posted on 05/20/2009 5:17:39 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

Update. Mark Leigep’s guardian brother, Brian, has given in to Mommy Dearest. Mark no longer has anyone advocating for him.


24 posted on 05/20/2009 5:50:31 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Fight the bastards or perish! ~ Jim Robinson ~ Þ)
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To: wagglebee

I do embrace technology and medical advances...i point out that many of the ‘life and death ‘decisions we “debate” today as they are now presented to us, were not available 70 years ago.

A burst appendix by the way is still a big deal...however, years ago the person would have died and there would be no discussion. Now, we have moved so far ahead, that these decisions are not so ‘clear cut”...that is, the whole picture of death and dying HAS changed.

And we are faced with grappling with our moral issues again with new realities that humans did not have to face 70 years ago.Ergo, a “debate”, ie discussion which is the talking out again of our moral decisions.


25 posted on 05/20/2009 6:30:10 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (It's time for the grown ups !)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

There is NO DEBATE, society has ALWAYS taken advantage of technological advances.


26 posted on 05/20/2009 6:31:32 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

the “debate” is not about technology, you miss what I was saying.

The “debate” is about how we define death and dying because we have “interferred “ with the process, and so, while the medical advances are good, we now have to discuss, or debate “What is dying?”, “How long do we keep someone alive?” ...or “When do we pull the plug?”.


27 posted on 05/20/2009 6:41:57 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (It's time for the grown ups !)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
“How long do we keep someone alive?” ...or “When do we pull the plug?”.

However, in THIS CASE we are talking about food and water, there is no "plug" to pull.

Nutrition and hydration ARE NOT "extraordinary" means like a ventilator.

28 posted on 05/21/2009 11:59:10 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Many children are on feeding tubes, and some of them wrote Terri a note or a greeting card.


29 posted on 05/22/2009 7:08:03 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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