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  • Radio star Casey Kasem taken off life support

    06/12/2014 11:28:12 AM PDT · by redreno · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/12/2014 | By Jessica Chasmar
    Radio personality Casey Kasem has been taken off life support after a judge ruled Wednesday that daughter Kerri Kasem could start withholding medication, food and fluids. Mr. Kasem, 82, is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, sepsis and dementia, the Detroit Free Press reported. “Transitioning our father’s treatment to comfort-oriented care was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make,” Kerri wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday. “For people who do not understand the natural dying process: Giving food and water to a dying body creates pain and further suffering,” she wrote in a later post. “The body does not...
  • “Brain Dead” Teenager Awakens From Coma After Her Family Sings Hymns

    03/10/2014 6:01:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/14/14 | Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews has repeatedly chronicled cases of people who were prematurely declared dead or said to be in supposedly persistent vegetative states who ultimately recovered. Now comes the story of Lexi Hansen, a BYU student who suffered critical head injuries last week after being hit by a car. Hansen, 18, was alert and breathing on her own Tuesday, though she was still listed in critical but stable condition. She even tried to get out of her hospital bed. While she has a long road to recovery ahead, her family believes they have witnessed a miracle. lexihansen“When they brought her in, the...
  • Breaking News: Judge orders Texas hospital to remove life support from brain-dead pregnant woman.

    01/24/2014 2:36:50 PM PST · by EDINVA · 202 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01-24-2014 | Fox News
    Breaking News: Judge orders Texas hospital to remove life support from brain-dead pregnant woman.
  • Hospital won't aid transfer of girl on ventilator

    01/02/2014 1:08:18 PM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 226 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec. 31, 2013 | Lisa Leff & Terry Collins (AP)
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility, its lawyer said Tuesday. Children's Hospital Oakland will not permit the procedures to be performed on its premises because Jahi McMath is legally dead in the view of doctors who have examined her, lawyer Douglas Straus wrote in a letter to the girl's family. "Performing medical procedures on the body of a deceased human being is simply not something...
  • The Gifts of Jahi

    01/01/2014 4:23:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    New Year's Day should be a time of fresh beginnings and forward motion. But for the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, the holiday season has been suspended in a cloud of unfathomable pain and suffering: A routine tonsillectomy gone wrong. A beautiful child declared "brain dead." Lawyers, TV cameras, tears. The McMaths are fighting for life. On Monday, they won a court order that prevents Children's Hospital of Oakland from pulling the plug on Jahi until Jan. 7. Her relatives have been attacked as "publicity hounds" for doing everything possible to raise awareness about the young girl's tragic case. They've...
  • Why is a Children’s Hospital So Bent on Cutting Off Jahi McMath’s Life Support?

    12/30/2013 12:15:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 57 replies
    Life News ^ | Wesley J. Smith
    Children’s Hospital Oakland has a very good reputation where I live in the Bay Area. But its public communication around the tragedy of Jahi McMath’s ”brain death” has been astoundingly insensitive, bordering on arrogant. The hospital’s statements quoted in today’s San Francisco Chronicle continues the maladroit insensitivity. The hospital states it will remove the ventilator the moment that can be done legally. From the story: Children’s Hospital Oakland officials confirmed Sunday they will turn off the machines sustaining Jahi McMath’s body as soon as a legal injunction expires at 5 p.m. Monday unless otherwise ordered by a court. “Barring any...
  • Girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery will be taken off life support (Count the horrors!)

    12/17/2013 3:41:47 AM PST · by Wanderer99 · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/17/13
    <p>A 13-year-old Northern California girl will be taken off life support Tuesday after she was declared brain dead following complications from surgery to remove her tonsils.</p> <p>KTVU-TV reported Monday that the head of the pediatrics department at Children's Hospital Oakland had told the family of Jahi McMath that the girl would be pulled from life support because she had been declared dead under California law.</p>
  • Nurse turned off man’s life support

    10/27/2010 11:16:11 AM PDT · by BykrBayb · 19 replies
    S&B Media/Get Reading ^ | October 27, 2010 | Paul Cassell
    This is the moment a nurse accidentally turned off a man’s life support machine leaving him severely brain damaged. NHS agency nurse Violetta Aylward, of Silverthorne Drive in Caversham, is filmed switching off a ventilator keeping alive 37-year-old tetraplegic Jamie Merrett who was left paralysed from the waist down after a road accident in 2002. An alarm sounds and she calls for help from a carer who asks, “What’ve you done?” and the nurse replies, “Switched this off,” and panics, unsure of what to do next, leaving her patient perilously close to death. Mr Merrett, who set up a camera...
  • ACORN CEO at NY court: 'We're on life support' ('Where's Muh Hanky?' Alert!!)

    04/20/2010 4:28:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 344+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/10 | Larry Neumeister - ap
    NEW YORK – The head of activist group ACORN says the group has been left with a "scarlet letter" from controversies that caused it to shed most of its funding and employees. Bertha Lewis, chief executive officer for the group, spoke to The Associated Press outside a federal appeals court hearing Tuesday in New York. A government lawyer had asked the court to block a judge's ruling that found that Congress unconstitutionally blocked ACORN's funding. The court did not immediately rule.
  • Trace of Thought Is Found in ‘Vegetative’ Patient

    02/03/2010 6:50:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 676+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 03, 2010 | Benedict Carey
    Trace of Thought Is Found in ‘Vegetative’ Patient BENEDICT CAREY February 3, 2010 He emerged from the car accident alive but alone, there and not there: a young man whose eyes opened yet whose brain seemed shut down. For five years he lay mute and immobile beneath a diagnosis — “vegetative state” — that all but ruled out the possibility of thought, much less recovery. But in recent months at a clinic in Liège, Belgium, the patient, now 29, showed traces of brain activity in response to commands from doctors. Now, according to a new report, he has begun to...
  • Patients In 'Vegetative' State Can Think And Communicate

    02/03/2010 6:32:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 663+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | February 03, 2010 | Richard Alleyne and Martin Beckford
    Patients In 'Vegetative' State Can Think And Communicate Patients left in a “vegetative” state after suffering devastating brain damage are able to understand and communicate, groundbreaking research suggests. By Richard Alleyne and Martin Beckford 03 Feb 2010 'Vegetative state' brain scan images:: the fMRI images which were used as part of the study by Dr Adrian Owen [Pics in URL] Experts using brain scans have discovered for the first time that the victims, who show no outward signs of awareness, can not only comprehend what people are saying to them but also answer simple questions. They were able to give...
  • Man who fell while saving cat not expected to live

    08/10/2009 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 12 replies · 721+ views
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The family of a 73-year-old Alaska man who fell from a tree after rescuing a cat last month decided to have his breathing tube removed. Joseph Fletcher of Fairbanks has been in a Seattle hospital since suffering a head injury, a torn aorta and broken ribs in last month's fall.
  • Michigan on Life Support (Rock Star Ted Nugent laments what has befallen his home state)

    08/04/2009 10:04:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 1,825+ views
    Human Events ^ | 8/4/2009 | Ted Nugent
    My beloved home state of Michigan is snagged in an ugly and self-imposed economic and social snare. Michigan is on economic life support. With unemployment already hovering at fifteen percent and with the automotive industry going the way of the Dodo bird, the bad times for Michigan may have just begun. Michiganiacs beware: things could get much uglier for the Wolverine state before it gets better. The automotive industry, the foundation of Michigan, and dare I say America, is bankrupt and dying. Taxpayer bailouts, loans to the poorly managed and union controlled car companies, and even a $4,500.00 taxpayer subsidy...
  • Skateboarder, 14, Will Be Taken Off Life-Support

    08/12/2008 9:48:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies · 249+ views
    cbs2 ^ | Aug 12, 2008 3:01 pm US/Pacific
    MISSION VIEJO A 14-year-old skateboarder who was struck by an SUV when he veered between two parked cars will be taken off life-support Tuesday at Children's Hospital of Orange County at Mission. Nathan Gonzalez has been in critical condition in the intensive pediatric ward since he was struck Sunday evening near Los Alisos Boulevard while skateboarding with a group of friends. KCAL 9's Michele Gile reported that the victim's family plans to say their final goodbyes to Nathan and take him off life-support Tuesday afternoon. Denise Almazan of CHOC could not immediately confirm broadcast reports that the boy might be...
  • Lake Elmo woman makes miracle recovery from "brain dead" (MN)

    02/13/2008 11:28:16 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 37 replies · 2,974+ views
    KARE11.com ^ | 2/13/08 | Allen Costantini
    How many people get a second chance at life? Rae Kupferschmidt has. In mid-January, the 65-year-old former medical secretary suffered a devasting cerebral hemorrhage, a massive bleeding on the brain. "They thought I was dead," she says. In fact, on January 17th, doctors declared her "brain dead." One word, "dead," is handwritten on that date on the calendar in Rae's room at United Hospital in Saint Paul. In that same hospital room where Rae fielded questions from reporters on Tuesday. Clearly, Rae did not die, but even now, her family is not second-guessing the decision to disconnect life support. Medically,...
  • BREAKING - Australia Supreme Court just ordered removal of life support against family pleas

    12/19/2007 5:00:27 AM PST · by paulsy · 162 replies · 948+ views
    Australian news ^ | 12/19/07 | paularish1
    "Paulo Melo, 29, has been in a coma at the Royal Darwin Hospital for two weeks, after severing his spinal cord in a car crash." - read more below: doctor requested, family objected, court granted
  • Air America Gets Another Week for Sale

    11/20/2006 7:20:07 PM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 58 replies · 1,699+ views
    MSN Money Central ^ | 20 Nov, 2006 | AP
    America Radio, the liberal news and talk radio network headlined by the comedian Al Franken, has another week to find a buyer. A lawyer for the network, Tracy Klestadt, told a bankruptcy hearing Monday that the company was in "advanced negotiations with a few parties" about a sale, and expected to have more definitive news on a deal in a week. Under its financing agreement, the network had faced a deadline of this Wednesday to have a deal in place for a buyer, but Klestadt said the network's lender had informally agreed to extend the deadline by about a week....
  • Prayer Request

    08/12/2006 5:01:28 PM PDT · by lastchance · 12 replies · 222+ views
    Lastchance
    Please pray for Johnny my best friend's 16 year old nephew and a friend of my son's. He was in a motorbike accident and is on life support. He is being airlifted to Orlando hospital. Thanks
  • FREEPER JUDYB1938 WILL BE TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT 5/5/06

    05/04/2006 6:39:17 PM PDT · by GrandmaC · 342 replies · 12,727+ views
    e-mail from son Victor
    <p>Last Friday mom went in for a routine heart catherization for clogged arteries. The doctor, in his infinite wisdom, decided that she had to have an immediate triple bypass. She recovered, as expected, the next day. Then, on Monday, she has fluid build up around the heart and coded. Her brain was deprived of oxygen for too long and she is now effectively brain dead. She will be taken off of life support tomorrow.</p>
  • Family Fights To Take Toddler Home

    03/01/2006 7:03:01 PM PST · by KSApplePie_two · 57 replies · 1,323+ views
    Kake News Wichita Kansas ^ | Feb. 28, 2006 | Kake news Reporter Chris Frank
    Family Fights To Take Toddler Home Chris Frank Life Or Death Battle Feb. 28-A life or death decision could be hanging in the balance for a child. Little Brett Shively Junior was rushed to the hospital after a terrible accident where he nearly drowned in a bathtub. Now his family is fighting to bring the little boy home. A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in District Court to decide whether or not a Wichita hospital can remove the ventilator keeping the two year old boy alive. Brett's family says, "We just believe that we're the best people to decide his care."...
  • CA: The Canary Is On Life Support - Distress in the Schwarzenegger Administration...

    12/05/2005 2:17:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 521+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 12/5/05 | Ray Haynes
    I am going to apologize in advance for the metaphors to follow, but they do make the point. Politics is a lot like football. It is a team sport for individuals with similar goals. The team advances its agenda, sometimes in small increments, moving the ball toward “victory.” The only real difference between football and politics is that the players can change positions frequently. Sometimes a politician is the quarterback, sometimes he or she is the lineman. In all cases, everyone wins if they effectively execute the play that is called in the huddle. I know I am a lineman...
  • Pray for BJ, 16 yo on life support

    09/23/2005 3:07:54 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 38 replies · 1,470+ views
    BJ spent 5 weeks on a mission trip in Peru this summer, spreading the love of Jesus. A few weeks after returning home he was diagnosed with pneumonia, which quickly turned much more serious and became the lesser concern as an infection throughout his body was discovered. He is in the hospital on full support while his body tries to heal from this unknown infectious disease. Please PRAY for BJ!!! BJ Higgins c/o PICU St. Vincent's Hospital 2001 W 86th St. Indianapolis, IN 46260....Updates posted daily by his parents
  • Brain-Dead Woman Dies After Giving Birth (RIP)

    08/03/2005 1:08:28 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 75 replies · 2,952+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 8/3/2005 | Matthew Barakat
    Brain-Dead Woman Dies After Giving Birth By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer ARLINGTON, Va. - A brain dead woman who was kept alive for three months so she could deliver the child she was carrying was removed from life support Wednesday and died, her family said. Susan Torres' plight attracted worldwide sympathy after she suffered a stroke in May as she battled cancer. She gave birth to a daughter, Susan Anne Catherine Torres, on Tuesday by Caesarean section. "This is obviously a bittersweet time for our family," Justin Torres, her brother-in-law, said in a statement. With the consent of her...
  • ‘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...
  • 'Catholics Supporting Denial of 'Nutrition and Hydratiion' are not in Communion With Church'

    05/04/2005 3:10:06 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 415+ views
    CATHOLIC ONLINE.ORG ^ | MAY 4, 2005 | BARB KRALIS
    It is a rare person who has not heard of the recent cruel homicide of the Florida woman, Terri Schiavo. Everyone, it seemed, had a strong opinion on the subject. Yet, despite clear moral teachings on the evils of euthanasia, there are ‘Catholics’ who boast support for euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.[1] Are these ‘Catholics’ badly formed and ignorant of their Church’s infallible teachings on the dignity and sacredness of all human life? Is it the fault of Catholic clergy for not preaching the Church’s teachings from the pulpit? In view of the clarity and frequency of the Church’s up-to-date teachings,...
  • Progress fuels hope for recovery of brain-damaged firefighter

    05/02/2005 7:04:39 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 42 replies · 2,674+ views
    AP ^ | May 2, 2005 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A firefighter brain-damaged in a 1995 roof collapse had an "amazing" weekend, recognizing and speaking with his four sons and other family and friends for the first time in years, a family spokesman said Monday. "I want to talk to my wife," Donald Herbert said out of the blue Saturday at the skilled nursing facility where he has lived for more than seven years. Staff members put Linda Herbert on the telephone. It was the first of many conversations he had during a 14-hour stretch, Herbert's uncle, Simon Manka said. "How long have I been away?"...
  • Man injured in St. Cloud bar fight dies

    04/26/2005 5:43:41 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 56 replies · 2,006+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 27, 2005 | Richard Meryhew
    -snip- A St. Cloud area man who suffered a brain injury in an April 8 altercation at a St. Cloud nightclub died Tuesday afternoon, more than a week after he was removed from life support. Justin W. Smiley, 28, of Sauk Rapids, died about 1 p.m. at the St. Cloud Hospital, his aunt, Pam Heldt, said Tuesday. "We're feeling a lot of relief right now that he's finally at peace," Heldt said. -snip- Janelle Kendall, the Stearns County Attorney, said an autopsy is scheduled for today. She said her office is awaiting the results of the autopsy before making a...
  • Am I On Life Support? (Willing to live beats a living will.)

    04/01/2005 12:01:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 847+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 4/1/2005 | Lawrence Henry
    Call me sensitive about such things. Back in the '90s, when my wife and I belonged to a Boston tennis club, we got together with the rest of the membership for a round-robin mixed doubles tournament and brunch. Lovely occasion, lots of fun, and as we sat around the table after playing and eating, the discussion turned to issues of the day, one of which was health care. A young man across from me said, "I'm a surgeon, and I certainly think it's within bounds for me to refuse to provide my services to certain people. For example, smokers." I...
  • Family Wins Another Round In Court To Keep Man Alive

    03/25/2005 12:45:44 PM PST · by freedomfryer · 11 replies · 646+ views
    MSNBC Houston ^ | March 25, 2005
    HOUSTON - The family of Spiro Nikolouzos won another legal round in court Tuesday in its fight with a Houston hospital to keep him alive, Local 2 reported. Late Tuesday afternoon, the 14th Court of Appeals issued an injunction for St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital to not touch the 68-year-old's life support. The decision came after an appeals court earlier in the day dissolved an emergency injunction issued Saturday because the appeals court has a specific way it assigns cases to one of two courts. "This was literally a matter of life or death," Local 2 legal analyst Brian Wice said....
  • Bush Laws in Schiavo Case, Texas at Odds

    03/23/2005 9:34:22 PM PST · by CaptBlack · 8 replies · 602+ views
    New York Times ^ | 22 Mar 05 | David Pace
    This is an amended post from my personal blog. I post it here because I expect it to take off like crazy in the MSM as their "counter-argument" when the Dems start taking heat for their murderous stance on Terri Schiavo. A comment was left by "Mike" who, after making his accusation, failed to substantiate his claim with any facts, a common practice of Leftists, it seems.  He asserts that President Bush, as Governor of Texas, signed a bill then that makes him a hypocrite in his stand on Terri Schiavo now.  I have just two things to say to...
  • TX law that Governor Bush signed in 1999 contradicts his decision now (Advance Directives Act

    03/22/2005 12:46:18 PM PST · by BushFaninATL · 66 replies · 1,527+ views
    State of Texas ^ | September 1, 1999 | State of Texas Law
    § 166.039. PROCEDURE WHEN PERSON HAS NOT EXECUTED OR ISSUED A DIRECTIVE AND IS INCOMPETENT OR INCAPABLE OF COMMUNICATION. (a) If an adult qualified patient has not executed or issued a directive and is incompetent or otherwise mentally or physically incapable of communication, the attending physician and the patient's legal guardian or an agent under a medical power of attorney may make a treatment decision that may include a decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from the patient. (b) If the patient does not have a legal guardian or an agent under a medical power of attorney, the attending...
  • Where There's No Will (There should exist a presumption that people want to live.)

    03/22/2005 11:16:55 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 94 replies · 2,302+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 3/22/2005 | Clinton W. Taylor
    For Terri Schiavo, it's all over but the starving. However, the repercussions of pulling Terri's feeding tube are just beginning. National Review Online's Andy McCarthy has explained that the abuse of Terri Schiavo's rights would scandalize the nation were the same things done to murderers or terrorists. Actually, it's worse than that. Not only do we treat our murderers with more care than we treat incapacitated patients like Terri Schiavo -- we dispose of our property with more care than we are disposing of her life. Imagine a different set of facts in the Schiavo case. Let's say a woman...
  • Hospitals can end life support

    03/11/2005 8:36:03 PM PST · by Anita1 · 45 replies · 2,360+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 8, 2005, 12:33AM | LEIGH HOPPER
    A patient's inability to pay for medical care combined with a prognosis that renders further care futile are two reasons a hospital might suggest cutting off life support, the chief medical officer at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital said Monday. Dr. David Pate's comments came as the family of Spiro Nikolouzos fights to keep St. Luke's from turning off the ventilator and artificial feedings keeping the 68-year-old grandfather alive. St. Luke's notified Jannette Nikolouzos in a March 1 letter that it would withdraw life-sustaining care of her husband of 34 years in 10 days, which would be Friday. Mario Caballero, the...
  • Terry Schiavo Case

    02/25/2005 10:00:55 AM PST · by talkshowamerica · 3 replies · 1,776+ views
    The Talk Show American ^ | 10/26/2003 | J.R.
    By J.R. By now anyone who watches the news on the television, listens to news on the radio, or reads a newspaper has heard of the Terri Schiavo case. Terri Schiavo, a woman, who at age 26, collapsed and suffered brain damage under ambiguous circumstances, is said to be in a constant vegetative state according to her husband, Michael Schiavo. Mr. Schiavo wants to have her feeding tube removed so that she will die and says that's what Terri would have wanted. The Schindlers, Terri's parents, have been fighting a 10 year legal battle with Mr. Schiavo, their son-in-law, in...
  • Judge: Baby to remain on life support

    01/29/2005 7:11:44 AM PST · by Anita1 · 91 replies · 2,854+ views
    KHOU.com ^ | Tuesday, January 25, 2005 | Amy Tortolani
    HOUSTON -- A Houston judge has ruled that Texas Children's Hospital can't remove a baby from life support even though doctors say he is suffering a slow death... The baby's mother said she was pleased by the decision. "I choose life and I love my son," said Wanda Hudson. "When I see him he looks like a normal child so he just needs to finish growing and developing. He has his arms, his legs, his eyes, ears, nose, everything." "There is a chance the baby will survive," said Mario Cabellero, Hudson's attorney. "And as long as there's a chance, the...
  • Lawyer advocates an exam to find out woman's status (the pain her folks must be feeling)

    01/26/2005 7:36:35 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 65 replies · 1,298+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | January 26, 2005 | Vickie Chachere
    TAMPA -- Terri Schiavo should undergo a new examination by independent medical experts to put to rest lingering questions on whether she has any hope of recovery, the University of South Florida professor who had been her court-appointed advocate said Tuesday. But before any tests are done, her warring husband and parents would have to agree to drop their legal fight in favor of whichever side the medical evidence supports, Jay Wolfson said in his first interview on the case since serving as Terri Schiavo's guardian ad litem. His comments come as the legal options of Terri Schiavo's parents have...
  • Removing Life Support Ruled Out for Arafat

    11/10/2004 4:13:48 PM PST · by The Dude · 128 replies · 2,508+ views
    AP Via LA Times ^ | 11/10/04 | AP
    Removing Life Support Ruled Out for Arafat 2 hours, 28 minutes ago Middle East - AP By LARA SUKHTIAN, Associated Press Writer CLAMART, France - Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) has suffered brain damage and kidney and liver failure, the Palestinian prime minister said Wednesday, but a top Muslim cleric ruled out any possibility of life support being turned off. AP Photo Reuters Slideshow: Yasser Arafat Palestinian Official Comments on Arafat Health (AP Video) French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said late Wednesday that the Palestinian leader was in his "final hours," telling France-2 television: "I hope that we can...
  • Arafat Life Support to Be Switched Off

    11/09/2004 10:18:45 AM PST · by SoCalJB · 116 replies · 4,677+ views
    (Note: I just heard at the 10 a.m. PST KFI News AM 640 broadcast that Palestinian officials say that Yassir Arafat 'will die tonight'.) Palestinian officials said life sustaining artificial respiratory machines keeping Yasser Arafat alive will be switched off "when the time comes." Various media reports indicate that time could be within hours.
  • Arafat life support to be switched off

    11/09/2004 4:09:47 AM PST · by 4kevin · 54 replies · 2,373+ views
    UPI ^ | 11.09.04
    Palestinian officials said life sustaining artificial respiratory machines keeping Yasser Arafat alive will be switched off when the time comes. Amman's daily al-Ghad Tuesday quoted the unidentified officials as saying the decision to remove the respirator will be taken by members of a high-ranking official Palestinian team, who arrived in Paris Monday. "There is no more hope that he will ever return to life," the sources said of Arafat who has been in coma for four days. Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath, Mahmoud Abbas, secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian Legislative Council...
  • NASA Moon Program Moves into Gear

    02/14/2004 12:18:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies · 221+ views
    Space.com ^ | February 14, 2004 | Leonard David
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland has been given the nod to lead a robotic lunar mission in 2008 -- a key step in President George W. Bush’s recently announced space vision strategy. The lunar reconnaissance orbiter would likely be geared to investigate the potential for water ice trapped at the Moon’s poles. This type of investigation may involve powerful radar to scan the always darkened craters, thought by some scientists to contain bountiful quantities of water ice. Water ice is believed to have been brought to the Moon by impacting comets. Both NASA’s Lunar Prospector and the...
  • Oregon Judge Rejects Woman's Request to Keep Brother on Life Support

    11/18/2003 7:29:44 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 140+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/18/03 | Wires
    PORTLAND, Ore. – A Multnomah County judge has rejected a request that doctors restart life support for Douglas Schmidt, who slipped into a coma in March when his state-paid anti-seizure medication ran out. As Schmidt hovered near death Monday, his sister broke ranks with other family members and sought a court order to reconnect a ventilator that had been switched off Sunday. Circuit Judge Katherine Tennyson rejected the request for a restraining order. "I see no reason to change the decision that has been made," she said. Late Monday evening, Schmidt continued to breathe on his own, though his condition...
  • Howard Dean: Kill the Helpless - Gems from the Dem candidate

    11/12/2003 12:14:52 PM PST · by Mich0127 · 66 replies · 307+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 11/9/2003 | NewsMax
    Has Dr. Howard Dean forgotten the Hippocratic oath he took? If he had his way, Terri Schiavo would suffer an agonizing death by starvation. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the Legislature should be "embarrassed" for passing a law to prevent the brain-damaged woman from being slowly put to death according to her husband's desire, said the Democrat front-runner, who professed to be "appalled." "I'm tired of people in the Legislature thinking that they have an M.D. when what they really have is a B.S.," he said this week in Tallahassee. As usual, self-described feminist groups were silent about yet another...
  • Dobson Speaks Out About Terri Schiavo

    10/22/2003 11:57:26 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 38 replies · 392+ views
    Family News In Focus ^ | October 22, 2003 | Bob Ditmer, Family News in Focus director
    Focus on the Family's founder and chairman talks at length about the Terri Schiavo case — and the extraordinary efforts of Americans to help save her life. It was a momentous day in Florida yesterday, when the Sunshine State's Legislature passed "Terri's Bill — legislation giving Gov. Jeb Bush the authority to rescue Terri Schiavo from the court-ordered dehydration she's been suffering through since last week. As of this moment, Schiavo is receiving the nourishment she needs to live. Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, told a national listening audience on his daily "Focus on...
  • When to End Life Support Not Set in Stone

    09/18/2003 12:19:59 AM PDT · by MarMema · 25 replies · 909+ views
    HealthCentral ^ | 9/17/03 | Adam Marcus
    A study finds a "patient-centered" movement is taking hold in intensive care units. Age and the extent of organ damage used to be the two most important criteria in determining who in an intensive care unit would be kept on life support and who would not. But a new Canadian study says decisions to take critically ill patients off life support now have less to do with these conventional measures and more often reflect a doctor's subjective opinion about the patient's chances of surviving. That, in turn, suggests a doctor's views and personal biases about the quality of life often...
  • OPRAH'S CABLE OUTLET ON LIFE SUPPORT: Oxygen.com Plans Job Cuts, Scale Back Web Site

    08/27/2002 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Liz · 36 replies · 271+ views
    AP ^ | 8/27/02 | Staff
    NEW YORK (AP) - Oxygen Media said Tuesday it is laying off nearly two-thirds of the staff at its oxygen.com Web site and is scaling back the site's content because of difficult business conditions. Twenty-nine people, out of a total of 44 at oxygen.com, are expected to lose their jobs over the next three months, bring the site's total staff to 15, said spokeswoman Kassie Canter. The focus of oxygen.com will also shift to promoting the Oxygen cable network, rather than original content. Chat rooms, for example, are being phased out. "The online side is simply not structured in a...