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Goodbye,my beloved son:Father gives up court battle to keep his disabled boy alive-
Mail Online ^ | 10th November 2009 | Beth Hale

Posted on 11/10/2009 10:52:34 PM PST by pillut48

In the end the young father could fight no longer.

For more than a year he had made daily visits to the hospital bedside of his chronically-disabled son.

For six emotional days in the High Court he had battled against the hospital - and the baby's mother - who were reluctantly seeking the right to withdraw life support.

Finally, faced with overwhelming evidence, he made the 'agonising' decision to let his beloved son go.

Both parents wept as the court was told he no longer opposed the hospital's application.

They said later they wanted to spend 'what little time remains with their beloved son'.

The father's heart-breaking move came after an independent expert said his son's quality of life was not good enough to justify prolonging it.

The 13-month-old boy, identified only as RB, has an extremely rare disorder that has robbed him of almost all muscle control.

His brain is undamaged, but trapped in an almost immovable body, unable to speak or even smile.

Incapable of breathing, he has been dependent on a ventilator since he was born.

Now it will be turned off within days. Doctors will administer a large dose of sedative to ensure the little boy does not suffer as he dies.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; killingkids; moralabsolutes; prolife; qualityoflife; socializedhealthcare; socializedmedicine
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"HIS BRAIN IS UNDAMAGED"-?!?!?!?!

Nope, no death panels with socialized medicine, nosireebob!! :-O

Horrifying. That poor little boy. :*( Prayers for him and his parents. I can't even imagine being told to kill my child because someone else decided his life wasn't worth living!!! >:-(
1 posted on 11/10/2009 10:52:34 PM PST by pillut48
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To: All
From the link's html:

"Mothers-views-childs-care-outweighs-father-says-senior-paediatrician"

Color me gobsmacked! :*(
2 posted on 11/10/2009 10:55:07 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: pillut48

Tears and prayers.


3 posted on 11/10/2009 10:57:26 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: All

For all of you who want obamacare, abortion, legalized assisted suicide — this article is a must read for YOU.


4 posted on 11/10/2009 11:03:14 PM PST by Cindy
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To: pillut48
The father's heart-breaking move came after an independent expert said his son's quality of life was not good enough to justify prolonging it.

THE DEATH PANEL HATH SPOKEN !

Coming soon to a hospital and Old Folks home near you courtesy of Obamacare.

5 posted on 11/10/2009 11:09:16 PM PST by apillar
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To: LucyJo
tears and prayers as well, but this little boy was in the hospital for a year...a year....no culture, no society, no govt not even a millionaire family could afford to keep a sick one in the hospital for a year....most of us could not afford it for one month...

do all of us deserve one full year in a hospital...the 300 billion of us?....it can't be done....

what makes human beings os arrogant to think they can reverse naturally occurring tragedies?.....every sickness or disorder...every injury?

this poor little tike could have gracefully gone to God long ago...his status hasn't changed....his condition has not improved nor was it ever to improve.....

we use all of God's gifts to make things better in this world, but would God expect us to break every rule of nature to keep someone breathing?...I can't imagine so... Some things belong to God alone.

I know I'll get flamed, but that's okay...its just my opinion....

6 posted on 11/10/2009 11:12:09 PM PST by cherry
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To: wagglebee

Ping!


7 posted on 11/10/2009 11:12:39 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: wagglebee

Ping!


8 posted on 11/10/2009 11:14:35 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: cherry

Well then, using that logic....He (God) must not know what He’s doing as He let this child live that long.

NOT a flame.


9 posted on 11/10/2009 11:47:43 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: cherry

My problem is the manner in which it is being handled.

The father wanted an operation that would allow him to take the baby home and care for him there.

That was denied him.

They plan to administer a large dose of sedative when he is taken off the ventilator. Depending on the type and strength of the sedative it could affect his breathing, so they would never know whether or not he could actually breathe on his own. Doctors are not incapable of error.

I understand the premise of your comments, and I agree up to the point of men playing God by “helping” the baby to die. After everything possible has been done to help the person to strengthen and breathe on their own, the decision about whether or not they can live on their own should not have interference from anyone playing God. In this case they are “helping” him to die.

I would have wanted that operation and a sufficient amount of time to tend the baby on my own to see if there could be any improvement.


10 posted on 11/10/2009 11:52:22 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: Brad's Gramma

Ditto.


11 posted on 11/10/2009 11:54:40 PM PST by Cindy
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To: pillut48; Cindy; apillar

What idiotic statements - your hatred of Obama has sucked all common sense out of your skulls. That poor child has more brain function and feeling than any of you.

Give me the name of the Insurance Company that you know that will provide intensive medical care for life. Give me a case out of 300,000,000 people where even one hundreth of the care would have been given by any of your vaunted and beloved Insurance companies.


12 posted on 11/10/2009 11:58:47 PM PST by Cardhu
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There used to be a time in the history of this country when society valued human life. From the womb...to the tomb.

Imagine that.


13 posted on 11/11/2009 12:11:30 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: Brad's Gramma

When was that?


14 posted on 11/11/2009 12:13:53 AM PST by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

Wouldn’t medicare cover this child?


15 posted on 11/11/2009 12:14:30 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Cardhu

Oh...when I was a kid...


16 posted on 11/11/2009 12:14:53 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: apillar
Coming soon to a hospital and Old Folks home near you courtesy of Obamacare.

Yep. Once government is in control, you'll see more of this.

17 posted on 11/11/2009 12:22:44 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Cardhu

First of all Cardhu, I don’t hate the President or hate anyone for that matter.
That’s a juvenile statement you just made.

I would have done like the father originally requested and given the boy an operation and taken him home with meds for his condition and pain and/or discomfort.

I would have taken care of him until the end of his natural life.

I am a Christian.

As a Christian I know that life begins in the womb and ends with eternal life.
I have a concern for all life.

I do not go down the road judging “quality of life” issues.
I’m not God and I’m not the Hitler administration.

You can learn a lot Cardhu about “quality of life” by studying history.


18 posted on 11/11/2009 12:22:57 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cardhu

Quite obviously before you...


19 posted on 11/11/2009 12:32:42 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (I will die on my feet before I live on my knees.)
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To: dragonblustar

I doubt it, if the mother and all the doctors and other experts advised against it.

Last Saturday I visited by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, who are both in their nineties, in a Residencia.

My brother-in-law cannot make any voluntary movement only reflexes. My sister-in-law, who is blind, I believe understands something but I am not sure as she cannot communicate, feed herself or walk.

So much for Death Panels in Socialized medicine.


20 posted on 11/11/2009 12:34:11 AM PST by Cardhu
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