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To: grania
Disconnecting life support is one thing. Forcing the girl to stay in that hospital violates the parents' rights. Wasn't that actually what the issue came down to in the Terry Schiavo outrage?

They're not trying to take the girl home. They want her admitted to a long-term care facility. Until now they haven't been able to find one. They are also being asked to by hospital to provide, in writing, a plan for the continued care of Jehi. They have not done so. Perhaps now they can. Also at issue is the insertion of a feeding tube. Doctors at her current hospital will not perform surgery on a dead person, as Jehi has been legally declared.

In Schiavo's case, her husband was her primary next of kin and legally allowed to make medical decisions on her behalf. He made the argument that Terri would not have wanted to continue living in her condition and that prolonged life support should end. He was challenged by her family in a very acrimonious and public battle but he ultimately prevailed in the courts.

47 posted on 01/01/2014 11:26:00 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68
I just can't agree with you. With Terri Schiavo, her birth family was willing to care for her when her ex-husband was not. They should have that right to step in. With this most recent case, it should ALWAYS be the parents option to take their child home, regardless what pronouncements have been made.

In my mind, the issue is that the government is not the parent, and the parent gets to choose. I could see the hospital refusing medical care or the insurance company refusing to cover something, but that isn't the right to keep the child incarcerated.

This case stinks. The girl ended up in this state after tonsil surgery. How do I know the hospital and insurance company aren't protecting their financial interests?

55 posted on 01/01/2014 12:14:17 PM PST by grania
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