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  • BREAKING: Feeding tube restored to immigrant woman unable to pay Jesuit hospital

    03/11/2011 3:23:18 PM PST · by wagglebee · 332 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/11/11 | Peter Smith
      Rachel Nyirahabiyambere and one of her grandchildren. WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2011 ( – A Rwandan immigrant woman and survivor of the horrors of the 1994 genocide who had her feeding tube removed because a U.S. Catholic-affiliated hospital deemed her care too expensive, apparently will not die of starvation and dehydration thanks to a court order and the efforts of her children. Rachel Nyirahabiyambere, a 58-year-old grandmother and refugee from war-torn Rwanda, had been denied food and water since Feb. 19 after her feeding tube was removed by order of her court-appointed guardian. Now 21 days later and still...
  • Part V Choose Hospice Care Provider Carefully: Using Hospice Care To Hasten Death Declared "Ethical"

    08/15/2008 5:24:34 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 5 replies · 156+ views ^ | August 15, 2008 | Bill Beckman
    Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of columns first posted on the Illinois Right to Life Committee's (IRLC) website written by Bill Beckman, IRLC's executive director. The column discusses hospice care and gives individuals and families the tools they need to choose a good hospice care provider. This series warns readers about end of life issues and the need to monitor the care given to loved ones. The IRLC director also describes what readers can do to protect themselves from the looming culture of death which permeates the thinking of many medical facilities and health care providers...
  • Court Upholds Food and Water for Eluana Englaro, Italian Terri Schiavo

    10/08/2007 3:40:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 1,054+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/8/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Milan, Italy ( -- An Italian court has denied a request by a disabled woman's father to remove her feeding tube and authorize her death by starvation and dehydration. Eluana Englaro has been a coma for 15 years after an automobile accident seriously injured her and, this year, her father asked a Milan court for permission to remove her feeding tube. This isn't the first time Englaro's case had been in court. In April 2005, the Italian Supreme Court confirmed a lower court ruling to keep her feeding tube in place. That case had also been brought by Englaro's father,...
  • Was John Paul II Euthanized? (red herring alert!)

    09/23/2007 11:27:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 388+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 21, 2007 | JEFF ISRAELY
    In a provocative article, an Italian medical professor argues that Pope John Paul II didn't just simply slip away as his weakness and illness overtook him in April 2005. Intensive care specialist Dr. Lina Pavanelli has concluded that the ailing Pope's April 2 death was caused by what the Catholic Church itself would consider euthanasia. She bases this conclusion on her medical expertise and her own observations of the ailing pontiff on television, as well as press reports and a subsequent book by John Paul's personal physician. The failure to insert a feeding tube into the patient until just a...
  • Pope Rules Patients in Permanent Vegetative State May Not be Denied Artificial Nutrition and Hy...

    09/15/2007 8:37:24 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 25 replies · 756+ views ^ | September 14, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Pope Rules Patients in Permanent Vegetative State May Not be Denied Artificial Nutrition and Hydration Response to certain questions raised by US Conference of Catholic Bishops concerning artificial nutrition and hydration By John-Henry Westen VATICAN CITY, September 14, 2007 ( - In most hospitals in North America, families of patients in permanent vegetative state are asked if they wish their family member to have their artificial feeding tube removed. According to a definitive ruling by the Vatican made public today, the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration from such patients is immoral. The ruling from the Vatican's Congregation for the...
  • Brain-Damaged Man "Awakened" After Six Years of Semi-Consciousness

    08/02/2007 11:41:30 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 488+ views ^ | August 2, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Brain-Damaged Man "Awakened" After Six Years of Semi-Consciousness By Elizabeth O'Brien NEW YORK, August 2, 2007 ( - A severely brain-damaged man who was in a minimally conscious state for six years has recently regained new levels of awareness and physical capabilities after receiving electrical brain implants. The unnamed 38-year old man had his head repeatedly kicked during a mugging in 1999 and was left unable to talk or move properly. In addition, he was kept alive on a feeding tube.In a study led by Dr. Nicholas Schiff of Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York, researchers...
  • Marine Likely to Go Off Life Support (WI)

    07/15/2005 4:13:48 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies · 923+ views ^ | July 15, 2005 | Steven Elbow
    A Monona (WI) woman is likely to remove the feeding tube of her Marine husband, who is in hospice care with a severe brain injury. Staff Sgt. Chad Simon, 32, was wounded by a roadside bomb Nov. 8 near Fallujah, Iraq. Simon's wife, Regina, had his feeding tube removed last Friday. It was reinserted Monday, but friends say the family plans to honor Simon's living will, which specifically states he does not want to be kept alive in a vegetative state. "He listed very explicit instructions concerning his care," said the family's attorney, Jack Schuster. Schuster said he couldn't divulge...
  • Fetal-cell recipient "would not do it again"

    07/11/2005 9:03:39 AM PDT · by Antioch · 6 replies · 804+ views
    new zealand herald ^ | 11.07.05 | DAILY POST
    Motor neurone disease sufferer Willie Terpstra, who went to China this year seeking a miracle cure, is now unable to talk. Neither can she eat properly, with food having to be forced into her stomach through a tube, and sleep is becoming increasingly difficult for her. She is dying after radical and controversial surgery which involved two million cells taken from the noses of aborted fetuses injected into her brain on March 23 under local anaesthetic. Using her electronic keyboard Mrs Terpstra said she was disappointed with the surgery. "I would not do it again," she said. "It cost too...
  • Schiavo timeline troubles governor

    06/17/2005 4:17:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 283 replies · 4,007+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | June 17, 2005 | CHRIS TISCH and JONI JAMES
    LARGO - Refusing to give up on the Terri Schiavo case, Gov. Jeb Bush has asked Pinellas prosecutors to sort out time discrepancies Michael Schiavo has provided regarding the hour he found his wife unconscious 15 years ago. State Attorney Bernie McCabe has agreed to review the time elements in the case, his chief assistant, Bruce Bartlett, said Thursday. "We are going to look into the circumstances surrounding the times," said Bartlett, who declined to label the review an investigation. "The governor has expressed concern over that aspect of the case." Michael Schiavo has said he called 911 immediately after...
  • Judge rules state was obligated to force-feed inmate

    06/04/2005 2:29:05 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 32 replies · 652+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 6-3-05 | Jonathan Martin
    Charles R. McNabb was five months into a hunger strike — his 5-foot-9 frame withered to less than 100 pounds — when he was wheeled into the Airway Heights prison infirmary last year. The prison medical staff wanted to insert a feeding tube. McNabb, convicted of arson, wanted to continue starving. He was remorseful, he had told jailers, for badly burning his stepdaughter.(snip) The Washington State Court of Appeals yesterday ruled that the Department of Corrections (DOC) was justified in force-feeding McNabb, setting a precedent for other state inmates who attempt hunger strikes. The five-page ruling dismissed McNabb's claim that...
  • In Britain, a Man Fights for a Feeding Tube

    05/30/2005 3:58:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies · 735+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 30, 2005 | Sarah Price Brown
    LONDON — Leslie Burke does not want to spend the rest of his life imagining a slow death by starvation. He can picture it: lying still, unable to communicate but conscious every second as his doctors let him die. "That is, in my mind, the most inhumane way possible for someone to die," said Burke, 45, who suffers from a degenerative brain condition that in 15 to 20 years is expected to incapacitate him, taking away his ability to speak. Burke has launched a legal battle in Britain that has far-reaching medical and ethical implications, raising questions about patient autonomy,...
  • Earnhardt Jr. reaches out to special fan

    05/24/2005 5:07:15 PM PDT · by UncleHambone · 16 replies · 797+ views ^ | May 18, 2005 | DENNIS BRUNSON
    When Amy McKenzie was 4 years old, she began to lose her ability to hear and to speak. She learned sign language to communicate with her parents, Jenny and McNeil McKenzie, but she didn't have to use it to let her parents know how much she loved automobile racing. Her parents are both racing fans — McNeil raced for many years at Sumter Speedway — and it was something that came naturally to her. Along with the dirt-track racing, Amy is a NASCAR fan as well. She had an affinity for the late Dale Earnhardt and that grew to include...
  • British man wants indefinite life support

    05/19/2005 11:13:51 AM PDT · by JZelle · 53 replies · 943+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-19-05 | UPI
    LONDON, May 19 (UPI) -- A terminally ill British man's request to be kept alive indefinitely has sparked legal debate over the economic impact on the National Healthcare System. Leslie Burke, 45, suffers from a degenerative brain condition and won a landmark case last year granting him the right to stop doctors from withholding food and water until he dies from his ailment. The General Medical Council has appealed the ruling to the High Court, saying it created confusion between the roles of doctor and patient. Decisions on treatment should be made by doctors, not patients, it contended. The council's...
  • Meet the Man in Middle of the Alleged Feeding Tube Fight

    05/18/2005 6:29:39 AM PDT · by tutstar · 83 replies · 1,647+ views
    First Coast News ^ | 5/17/05 | Lindy Thackston
    JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Scott Thomas' mother tells FCN his wife plans to put him in hospice and remove his feeding tube if she gains custody of him in two weeks. In the two conversations FCN has had with his wife, she would not confirm those are her plans.
  • Scott Thomas: Mother Fights for Custody, Wife Fights to Remove Feeding Tube

    05/17/2005 8:14:30 AM PDT · by TerryGale · 14 replies · 1,261+ views
    First Coast News (NBC) ^ | 5-16-05 | Lindy Thackston
    JACKSONVILLE, FL -- 34-year old Scott Thomas married Liza Thomas in 2001. They bought a home and had a baby boy. But one September day, paramedics found Scott on his kitchen floor with several hairline fractures down the left side of his head. Scott spent two months in a coma. Scott's mom, Pamela Patton, says Liza had plans to put Scott in Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, so she filed for temporary guardianship in November and won. For months, Pamela took care of Scott in her home, and worked with him every day. "He watches you, he listens, he smiles,...
  • Case Similar to Terri Schiavo's Has Wife Deciding Her Husband's Fate Email this article

    05/16/2005 6:39:12 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 267 replies · 5,366+ views
    LifeNews ^ | 5/16/05 | Steven Ertelt
    Case Similar to Terri Schiavo's Has Wife Deciding Her Husband's Fate by Steven Ertelt Editor May 15, 2005 Jacksonville, FL ( -- A case similar to that of Terri Schiavo has a Florida woman holding her husband's fate in her hands. Schiavo's family is calling on Jacksonville resident Eliza Thomas to allow her husband to live. Scott Thomas suffered brain injury in September of 2004 and has since been incapacitated and dependent on others. As with Terri, Scott's wife is seeking to move him to a hospice and remove the gastric tube that provides him with food and water....
  • Schiavo Foundation Urges Wife of Disabled Jacksonville Man to Err on the Side of Life

    05/14/2005 2:09:03 PM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 327 replies · 17,212+ views
    Christian Communication Network ^ | 5/14/2005 | Pamela Hennessey
    Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation Urges Wife of Disabled Jacksonville Man to Err on the Side of LifeTo: National DeskContact: Pamela F. Hennessy for the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, 727-445-1766, phenn@zimp.orgCLEARWATER, Fl., May 14 /Christian Wire Service/ –- The volunteers with the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, along with the family of Terri Schiavo, are urging Jacksonville, Florida resident, Eliza Thomas, to allow her 34 year old husband to live.The Foundation has learned that Scott Thomas suffered brain injury in September of 2004 and has since been incapacitated and dependent on others. His mother, Pamela Patton, has petitioned the courts for guardianship of the...
  • ‘It’s amazing, isn’t it?’Woman shows major signs of recovery after brain damage

    05/11/2005 6:39:07 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 177 replies · 3,183+ views
    Arkansas City Traveler ^ | May 11, 2005 | Foss Farrar
    ‘It’s amazing, isn’t it?’ Tracy Gaskill shows major signs of recovery after critical accident in 2002 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By FOSS FARRAR, Arkansas City Traveler For nearly three years, Don and Stella Gaskill had hoped their severely injured granddaughter would talk again. Just recently, their prayers were answered. On Sept. 3, 2002, Tracy Gaskill suffered critical internal and head injuries when her pickup overturned on its top. Doctors told her relatives that night that she probably would die by noon the next day, Don Gaskill said this morning. “That accident scared us to death,” said Gaskill, who lives in rural Winfield. Tracy...
  • San Antonio hospital set to remove man from life support

    04/28/2005 1:10:38 PM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 175 replies · 2,683+ views
    San Antonio hospital set to remove man from life support 04/28/2005 Associated Press A man in a persistent vegetative state whose family battled with a Houston hospital to stop his removal from life support is set to be removed from support Tuesday at a San Antonio hospital, his family said. The family of Spiro Nikolouzos, 68, has vowed to keep him on life support and is trying to get him moved back to the nursing home where he was sent after leaving the Houston hospital. A nursing home official said Thursday they would take him back. "I'm not going to...
  • Feeding Tube OK for Cuban Prisoner, Not Schiavo

    04/15/2005 7:48:26 PM PDT · by NavVet · 9 replies · 464+ views
    News Max ^ | 15 April 05
    A judge cleared the way for federal officials to have a feeding tube inserted in a Cuban exile who is on a weekslong hunger strike to protest his detention as a suspected spy.
  • Judges: Feds Can Put Feeding Tube in Cuban

    04/15/2005 2:02:08 PM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 69 replies · 1,574+ views
    Yahoo AP ^ | April 15, 2005
    MIAMI - A judge cleared the way for federal officials to have a feeding tube inserted in a Cuban exile who is on a weekslong hunger strike to protest his detention as a suspected spy. Juan Emilio Aboy was at Jackson Memorial Hospital's inmate ward, hospital spokeswoman Lorraine Nelson said Friday. A day earlier, U.S. District Judge Paul Huck agreed with another judge's order to "involuntarily administer nutrients" to Aboy through a stomach or intravenous tube, and to restrain him if he attempts to remove it. "The decision to not eat was his choice. A court order was issued allowing...
  • Transcript of Glenn Beck Interview with Ken Mullinax (Re: Starving Mae)

    04/10/2005 6:26:38 PM PDT · by schmelvin · 159 replies · 2,275+ views ^ | 4-9-05 | Transcript of Interview
    Ken: I’m the nephew of Mae Magouirk in LaGrange, Georgia. My family lives in Alabama. They’re from Addiston, Alabama and I live in Birmingham, Alabama and we love my aunt Mae very much and we can’t believe that, uh, she is being withheld substantial nourishment… Glenn: Ken, tell me this, tell me the situation, uh, be, because your grandma has, your grandma had, or your aunt has a, um, a living will! Ken: Yeah, she has a living will and the living will is not being obeyed. As a matter of fact her attending physician, Doctor Stadde of LaGrange, Georgia,...
  • Woman, 81, at center of feeding tube feud

    04/08/2005 4:13:15 PM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 48 replies · 865+ views
    LaGrange News online ^ | Friday, April 08th, 2005 | By Joel Martin
    LaGrange has its own feeding tube controversy, with family members at odds over medical care for an 81-year-old woman at Hospice LaGrange. Ora Mae Magouirk has been in hospice since March 22, suffering from what granddaughter Beth Gaddy described in court papers as dementia, an aortic aneurysm and a blood clot. ...cont on link
  • Woman, 81, at center of feeding tube feud

    04/08/2005 2:36:46 PM PDT · by GravityFree · 19 replies · 753+ views
    Lagrange News ^ | Friday April 8th, 2005 | Joel Martin
    Kenneth Mullinax, the patient’s nephew in Birmingham, Ala., said a hospice nurse told him that Magouirk had not received substantial nourishment since March 28. He wants a temporary feeding tube inserted until she can be evaluated for treatment at the University of Alabama Medical Center. A living will states that nourishment should be withheld only if she were in a coma or vegetative state with no hope of recovery. Mullinax and the patient’s brother and sister – Lonnie Ruth Mullinax of Birmingham and A.B. McLeod of Anniston, Ala. – came here last Friday to arrange for a feeding tube and...
  • Politics of life and death

    04/08/2005 11:43:51 AM PDT · by JZelle · 204+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-8-05 | Donald Lambro
    The moral and ethical debate about removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was temporarily suspended last week by the death of John Paul II, who fought for the sanctity of life throughout his papacy. No one could miss the paradox of the pope struggling for life with the help of breathing and feeding tubes, as millions prayed for his recovery, while polls found a majority of Americans believed Terri Schiavo's husband made the right decision to end her life. Mrs. Schiavo died of starvation a week ago yesterday at a Florida hospice at the age of 41, after her husband and...
  • Granddaughter yanks grandma's feeding tube

    04/07/2005 5:34:06 PM PDT · by News Hunter · 726 replies · 12,738+ views ^ | April 7, 2005 | Sarah Foster
    <p>In a situation recalling the recent death of Terri Schindler-Schiavo in Florida, an 81-year-old widow, denied nourishment and fluids for nearly two weeks, is clinging to life in a hospice in LaGrange, Ga., while her immediate family fights desperately to save her life before she dies of starvation and dehydration.</p>
  • Mike Rosen: Schiavo affair a tragedy

    04/01/2005 1:21:04 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 29 replies · 912+ views
    Rocky Mountain News column ^ | April 1st, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    The Terri Schiavo affair was a tragedy. It's surely been a personal tragedy for Schiavo's family and friends for 15 years. More recently, it degenerated into a public tragedy. She was at the same time - and for different people and groups - a victim, a pawn, a symbol and a cause. Terri's parents were in an understandable state of denial. They grasped at any signs - real or imagined - of her sentience and desperately sought a miraculous recovery. Disconnecting her feeding tube, her lifeline, was an irreversible act, ending all hope. But they weren't Terri's legal or moral...
  • Md. Feeding Tube Case Changes Law

    03/31/2005 3:02:03 PM PST · by jackbill · 23 replies · 921+ views
    The WBAL Channel ^ | March 29, 2005 | NA
    Marylander Kept Alive For Nearly 20 Years Through Feeding Tube BALTIMORE -- A Maryland case involving eerily similar circumstances to the case of Florida's Terri Schiavo led to changes in state laws. Ronald Mack was kept alive for nearly 20 years through a feeding tube. As in the Schiavo case, his spouse fought to let him die while his family fought to keep him alive, WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Kate Amara reported. Mack was newly married: a healthy, athletic father of two. But just after getting out of boot camp in 1983, the 20-year-old was involved in a car accident,...
  • What Michael Schiavo stands to Make now that Terri is Dead

    03/31/2005 10:17:15 AM PST · by becker · 73 replies · 3,033+ views ^ | March25,2005 | Wilrulz
    March 25, 2005 HER BODY, MY SELF : What's In It for Michael Schiavo? -added font A SHORT NOTE CONCERNING the financial benefits to Michael Schiavo that will accrue from the death of his wife. -added website source Posted by Vanderleun -added author (EXCERPT) What I do have some sense of is how much money Michael Schiavo stands to make if, and only if, his wife dies. It is, for a man, with a fresh new wife and two children, substantial. Having worked as an editor for Houghton Mifflin and as a literary agent, I have some the price...
  • Federal End-of-Life Legislation is Needed (Vanity)

    03/31/2005 9:13:24 AM PST · by Piranha · 16 replies · 461+ views
    Free Republic ^ | March 31, 2005 | Piranha
    President Bush should call for Congress to hold hearings and set up a federal structure for resolving end-of-life issues. Among others, the following issues should be decided and written into law: (a) Should removal of a feeding tube be treated the same as disconnecting a life-support system? (b) What standards should be used for requiring a feeding tube be inserted (i.e., mandatory rather than volitional)? (c) There should be a safe harbor for removal of a feeding tube if certain regulations are followed: (i) The person with the feeding tube should have his own legal representation (ii) A living will...
  • Judge Greer, Would You Have Killed My Brother Too?

    03/31/2005 7:11:48 AM PST · by hinterlander · 26 replies · 1,286+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | March 31, 2005 | Adam Rickel
    These last few weeks watching the Terri Schiavo story unfold have been very difficult for me, because every time I see a picture of Terri I am reminded of my brother. Like Terri, my brother could not feed or take care of himself in any way. Like Terri, there were moments when he could react to someone's voice or presence. Like Terri, my brother did not have a living will. Like Terri, my family had to face the questions and even accusations that my brother's life was not worth the effort and expense. The real question the accusers wanted to...
  • The Lessons of Suffering: Terri Schiavo and Holy Week

    03/30/2005 5:51:13 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 17 replies · 766+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 28, 2005 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. It was a strange coincidence that Terri Schiavo’s ordeal took place during Holy Week. What she went through, and the nation’s reaction to it, taught us a sobering lesson about suffering and redemption. The things that ordinary, sensible Americans were saying about Terri’s case were shocking and upsetting. “Let the poor woman die” was one of them. But Terri was not dying before her food and water were taken away. She simply needed to eat and drink, just like the rest of us. Then there were the various media...
  • Pope Getting Nutrition From Feeding Tube

    03/30/2005 3:36:24 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 254 replies · 5,524+ views
    AP ^ | Wed, Mar 30, 2005 | AP
    VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II is getting nutrition from a feeding tube through the nose, the Vatican said Wednesday. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls also said that the pontiff was continuing a "slow and progressive" convalescence.
  • A Cup of Water for Terri: Part I

    03/29/2005 10:04:05 PM PST · by XR7 · 14 replies · 524+ views
    VisionForum ^ | 3/30/2005 | Doug Phillips
    If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (James 2:15-16) When you sit down for dinner tonight and enjoy a nice meal with your family, please remember that Terri Schiavo, though hanging onto life by a thread, is still starving to death. Please remember that, at this precise moment, her body hungers terribly, and she is suffering from gross dehydration. Remember that she...
  • AP: Federal appeals court OKs Schiavo review

    03/30/2005 1:33:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 120 replies · 3,376+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | March 30, 2005 | RON WORD
    PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) -- In a rare legal victory for Terri Schiavo's parents, a federal appeals court early Wednesday agreed to consider their request for a new hearing on whether to reconnect their severely brain-damaged daughter's feeding tube. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled without comment and did not indicate when it would consider the motion. Last week, the same court twice ruled against Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, who are trying to keep her alive. But time was running out - Bob Schindler described his daughter as "failing" on Tuesday, her 12th day...
  • Ted Kennedy Fights Removal of Feeding Tube

    03/29/2005 5:03:49 PM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 28 replies · 971+ views
    Jerhad!com ^ | March 23, 2005 | Jeremy Robb
      March 23, 2005Ted Kennedy Fights Removal of Feeding Tube WASHINGTON, DC --- Ted Kennedy, who was recently declared brain-dead by his physician, is fighting for his life.  The Senator's family is trying to have his feeding tube removed to allow him to die a sober death.  The tube, attached to a bottle of vodka and a bottle of gin, has been utilized by the senator for his entire adult life.  Medical experts believe removal will almost certainly result in death. "This is a very complex situation," said one medical expert.  "Senator Kennedy appears to be functioning normally to many...
  • Report: Pope may require feeding tube

    03/29/2005 12:10:53 PM PST · by NYer · 106 replies · 2,616+ views ^ | May 29, 2005
    VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II may have to return to the hospital to have a feeding tube inserted, an Italian news agency reported today. It stressed that no decision had been made.The APcom news agency, citing an unidentified source, said the 84-year-old pope might have to have the tube inserted to improve his nutrition since he is having difficulty swallowing with the breathing tube that was inserted Feb. 24.APcom said the idea of inserting a feeding tube was a hypothesis that was being considered. The procedure involves inserting a tube into the stomach to allow for artificial feeding.Earlier...
  • Terri Receives Sacrament of Communion - 6 p.m. Just Announced

    03/27/2005 3:07:26 PM PST · by CitizenM · 970 replies · 17,464+ views
    FOX news | March 27, 2005
    Just announced: Just announced on FOX. 6 p.m. They have given Terri the Sacrament of Communion. News reporter is saying that this is the first request that has been granted. True. However, I recall that Judge Greer said he would permit it, when death was imminent. So, I am concerned we might get some additional news. Pray for Terri's soul to be blessed and held in God's loving hands.

    03/26/2005 7:59:22 AM PST · by Xenurus · 5 replies · 605+ views
    March 25, 2005 | Xenurus
    Defense of adulterer Michael Schiavo's thirteenth public attempt to murder his invalid wife (with the aid and abetment of the Florida courts) only manifests that America’s conscience is in a Persistent Vegetative State. Depriving a cat of food and water for a week would see Schiavo in an orange jumpsuit by nightfall---with the torches and pitchforks of PAWS, PETA and Greenpeace at his jugular. Merely human, Terri has no such rescuer; tortured to death in Florida as the 300 million of us sit and watch. Not one man can be found in America. Had she, like Charles Manson, been imprisoned...
  • A turning point in the culture war (Schiavo)(by David Limbaugh)

    03/25/2005 10:28:48 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 73 replies · 1,880+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 25, 2005 | David Limbaugh
    Terri Schiavo's medical condition is in dispute, she left no living will, we don't know her present wishes, and yet the courts are ordering that her husband has the right to kill her? This outrage simply couldn't happen in a culture that considered human life sacred. "Objection," you say. "The courts are exhibiting their ultimate respect for life by carrying out the wishes of a person to terminate her own life and die with dignity." Even the "pull the tube" advocates, then, are agreeing that we can't remove the feeding tube unless the patient has previously indicated her intent, either...
  • Terri's Last Chance

    03/23/2005 7:21:50 PM PST · by Zivasmate · 102 replies · 2,194+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | mar. 23, 2005 | William Anderson
    Terri's Last Chance It's time to try giving Terri Schiavo orally administered liquids. by William Anderson 03/23/2005 12:45:00 PM THE CHIPS ARE DOWN. We have had a surfeit of due process. It is now well past time to consider the facts which process has willfully ignored. There is no reason, medical, moral, or legal, to refrain from an attempt to provide Terri Schiavo with orally administered liquids. There are only two possible explanations for having employed gastric tube feeding. Either (1) her neurologic damage has brought about a swallowing dysfunction with danger of aspiration pneumonia; or (2) it was simply...
  • Not Dead at All

    03/23/2005 4:02:57 PM PST · by Altamira · 5 replies · 510+ views
    Slate Magazine ^ | March 23, 2005 | Harriet McBryde Johnson
    The Terri Schiavo case is hard to write about, hard to think about. Those films are hard to look at. I see that face, maybe smiling, maybe not, and I am reminded of a young woman I knew as a child, lying on a couch, brain-damaged, apparently unresponsive, and deeply beloved—freakishly perhaps but genuinely so—living proof of one family's no-matter-what commitment. I watch nourishment flowing into a slim tube that runs through a neat, round, surgically created orifice in Ms. Schiavo's abdomen, and I'm almost envious. What effortless intake! Due to a congenital neuromuscular disease, I am having trouble swallowing,...
  • Euthanasia in Nazi Germany

    03/18/2005 4:02:54 PM PST · by marty60 · 20 replies · 1,327+ views ^ | 1996 | PJ KING
    Lessons from History: Euthanasia in Nazi Germany by PJ King Present day death proponents of the "right-to-die" movement disavow any analogy between what they are selling and what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930's. And, if one does not examine the facts too closely, there appears to be none. After all, Hitler was bent on exterminating the Jews, even though he destroyed a few thousand others before he found his focus. His was a dictatorship, not a democratic nation. His agenda was political, not moral. He fed on hate, not compassion. And one could add to the list. However,...
  • God Is Merciful Enough To Offer Life Beyond Feeding Tubes (Christian Must Read)

    03/23/2005 8:37:27 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 48 replies · 1,491+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | March 23, 2005 | Syl Jones
    Honey, I never thought I'd be writing to tell you my final wishes if I'm ever in a persistent vegetative state. I can imagine what that feels like because I watch Tom DeLay on television every day, hawking his phony right-to-life politics as if they were the word of God. But we both know that clutching at every last breath in this world negates a much deeper spiritual belief. I believe that God is merciful enough and great enough to remember those who served him well and to resurrect them after death. Not to a life in heaven where we'd...
  • Appeals Court Refuses to insert Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube

    03/22/2005 11:35:32 PM PST · by plewis1250 · 496 replies · 14,626+ views
  • Regarding Schiavo: Facts Need to Trump Emotions and Activism

    03/22/2005 4:55:01 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 37 replies · 1,362+ views
    So it has come to this, a true test to see if the American political system, judicial system and the American public as a whole have the ability to set aside emotion and activism in deference to the facts. So far the jury is out on this question. Just as it is out on the question of whether or not Terri Schiavo will live or die. Personally, I think we can do better, much better. I find it reprehensible that in an age when gathering facts has never been easier or more convenient, most among us prove delinquent in doing...
  • Talking Point...Terri's feeding tube

    03/22/2005 9:45:38 AM PST · by steampower · 6 replies · 192+ views
    22 mar 05 | jim
    Some folks are saying that to receive nourishment through a feeding tube is "un-natural" and thus Terri Schiavo was being kept alive by an "un-natural" means. To any who might be inclined to agree with that idea, I say: "Please have the courtesy to remove your belly button before replying".
  • Judge Refuses to have feeding tube reinserted in Terri Schiavo (FOX NEWS ALERT)

    03/22/2005 3:26:06 AM PST · by tsmith130 · 1,140 replies · 24,073+ views
    Fox News | 03/22/05
    Just heard on sad.

    03/20/2005 10:27:03 PM PST · by Ohioan from Florida · 5,222 replies · 100,914+ views
    various ^ | 3/21/05 | various
    Continuation of Terri Schiavo daily March threads. Due to overwhelming participation we reached over 5000 posts in three days time!
  • Judge receives Schiavo Lawsuit

    03/21/2005 6:21:04 AM PST · by MichaelP · 181 replies · 7,608+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 3/21/2005 | Phil Long
    Posted on Mon, Mar. 21, 2005 R E L A T E D C O N T E N T LAST-MINUTE ACTION: David Gibbs III, the attorney for the Schindler family, holds a copy of the lawsuit filed in the Terri Schiavo case outside the U.S. Courthouse early Monday morning in Tampa. CHRIS O'MEARA/AP R E L A T E D L I N K S • Read the legislation • Some churchgoers see case's shades of gray • Protest outside husband's house • Mom: It's about love, not 'yes' or `no' • Is Congress overstepping its limits? Legal experts...