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  • Dad rescues ‘brain dead’ son from doctors wishing to harvest his organs...

    04/26/2012 6:52:49 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 102 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    ...boy recovers completely Although a team of four physicians insisted that his son was “brain-dead” following the wreck, Thorpe’s father enlisted the help of a general practitioner and a neurologist, who demonstrated that his son still had brain wave activity. The doctors agreed to bring him out of the coma, and five weeks later Thorpe left the hospital, having almost completely recovered.
  • Five Deadly Wishes: Signing Documents (EVERYBODY should read this before entering a hospital)

    05/17/2011 7:02:48 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Bioethics, Featured ^ | May 16, 2011 | Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.
    Currently, in today’s healthcare world, there is a document for medical care that one can sign even before going into the hospital called, “Aging With Dignity: Five Wishes.” [According to the website of Aging with Dignity, the Five Wishes document " has become America’s most popular living will".] There is a section in this document that asks a future patient the following: “If I wish to omit life-support treatment, I write this limitation in the space below,” which is very dangerous. The problem with this request is that most of us are not good doctors to be able to...
  • Hard Choice for a Comfortable Death: Sedation

    12/29/2009 9:35:32 PM PST · by malkee · 94 replies · 2,700+ views
    NYT ^ | Dec. 26 2009 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    In some of the rooms in the hospice unit at Franklin Hospital, in Valley Stream on Long Island, the patients were sleeping because their organs were shutting down, the natural process of death by disease. But at least one patient had been rendered unconscious by strong drugs. The patient, Leo Oltzik, an 88-year-old man with dementia, congestive heart failure and kidney problems, was brought from home by his wife and son, who were distressed to see him agitated, jumping out of bed and ripping off his clothes. Now he was sleeping soundly with his mouth wide open. “Obviously, he’s much...
  • A troubling abundance of care, Despite efforts, state's sick don't live longer

    12/03/2007 8:01:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies · 105+ views
    star ledger ^ | December 02, 2007 | CAROL ANN CAMPBELL
    During the last two months of life, Dorothy Glas endured so many blood tests her thin arms turned black and blue. The 85-year-old woman submitted to probes of her abdomen. Radiologists scanned her brain, kidneys, thyroid and heart. A psychiatrist screened her for depression. "My mother told him, 'Of course I'm depressed! I'm dying. How can you be happy?'" said her daughter, Meredith Snedeker of Hamilton Square. Glas withered to 80 pounds from an intestinal infection and, after a fall, entered the hospital in July for the final time, complaining of dizziness and a cut foot. The medicine revved up...
  • Doctors face prison for denying right to die[UK]

    11/17/2006 7:54:32 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 68 replies · 868+ views
    This is London ^ | 17 Nov 2006 | This is London
    The Lord Chancellor has warned doctors they risk going on trial for assault if they refuse to allow patients who have made 'living wills' to die. Lord Falconer's message to the medical profession told doctors and nurses that new laws will require them to end lives rather than save them. Those who decline to do so will face jail or, alternatively, big compensation claims in the courts. Lord Falconer set out the determination of the Government to use draconian penalties to enforce living wills in a guide to Labour's Mental Capacity Act for doctors, nurses and social workers. The law,...
  • Are you being targeted for euthanasia?

    03/24/2005 4:02:39 AM PST · by littlepaddle · 26 replies · 743+ views
    Homiletic and Pastoral Review. ^ | Mary Therese Helmueller, R.N.
    Are you being targeted for euthanasia? By Mary Therese Helmueller, R.N. In 1984, while working as charge nurse in the intensive care unit, a 20-year-old man asked, “Can you give my mother enough morphine to let her sleep away?” I was horrified. “I can not kill your mother,” I responded. That was only the beginning. Recently, an 80-year-old was admitted to the emergency room and the physician said, “LET’S DEHYDRATE HER”; one more patient was sentenced to die in hospice with NO TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS and once again, THE LIVING WILL determined the death of a 70-year-old man regardless of how...
  • Standard Florida Living Will [check yours too: could be deadly]

    Page 5 Living Will Declaration made this _____ day of ________________, 2____, I, ____________________________, willfully and voluntarily make known my desire that my dying not be artificially prolonged under the circumstances set forth below, and I do hereby declare that, if at any time I am mentally or physically incapacitated and _____(initial) I have a terminal condition, or _____(initial) I have an end-stage condition, or _____(initial) I am in a persistent vegetative state, and if my attending or treating physician and another consulting physician have determined that there is no reasonable medical probability of my recovery from such condition,...
  • What if it had been your child to suffer as Terri Schiavo did?

    04/10/2006 9:51:17 AM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 209 replies · 4,133+ views
    Renew America ^ | April 10, 2006 | Kevin Fobbs
    What if it had been your child to suffer as Terri Schiavo did? Kevin Fobbs April 10, 2006 Should America just simply move on if it was your child who suddenly was incapacitated and went through Terri Schiavo's experience? It is an interesting question, because there are those in the media and even probably in your office, your neighborhood or even your family who have said well just let the "poor woman" rest. Well I don't think America can do that because it could have been said about any innocent person who was taken to a crucifixion, or lynched from...
  • Living Will - Humor G

    11/22/2005 2:58:28 PM PST · by Rockitz · 3 replies · 401+ views
    E-mail ^ | 22 November 2005 | Anonymous
    A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her, "Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug." His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all of his beer.
  • Dying Smart Why your living will may not be good enough.

    08/03/2005 10:38:25 AM PDT · by tutstar · 30 replies · 832+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 08/03/2005 | by Lindsey O'Connor
    Terri schiavo's controversial death is old news now, but many of us are still grappling with the end-of-life questions it made us ask. The Florida woman's case propelled millions to consider living wills. Not so fast, caution many Christian ethicists and right-to-life groups. Living wills are more complex than they appear and alone don't necessarily guarantee death on your terms. Even if you already have a living will, you might want to know why some critics think these documents may be dangerous and others see potential ethical problems. You may not want what you signed. Some critics go so far...
  • Dying can be denied food

    07/28/2005 4:33:39 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies · 831+ views
    The Sun (UK) ^ | July 28, 2005 | PETE BELL
    THE high court ruled today doctors do have the power to withdraw food and drink from terminally ill patients - even if it is against their wishes. The General Medical Council (GMC) was appealing against a previous ruling that gave Lesley Burke - who suffers from a degenerative brain condition - the right to insist on nutrition during the final stages of his illness... The appeal judges were told {that]a patient did not have the right to demand any particular form of treatment... Joyce Robins, co-director of human rights campaign group Patient Concern, said the decision was a disappointment. She...
  • Many Still Seek One Final Say on Ending Life

    06/17/2005 12:09:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 610+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 17, 2005 | JOHN SCHWARTZ and JAMES ESTRIN
    Interest in living wills - the documents that let people specify what medical measures they want or do not want at the end of life - has surged in the aftermath of the fierce nationwide battle over the fate of Terri Schiavo, lawyers and other experts on all sides of the issue say. While interest peaked around the time of Ms. Schiavo's death on March 31, it is still strong, these experts say. Many people are filling out the forms for the first time. Others are taking a new look at forms they filled out some time ago. Most living...
  • Defying the Death Culture (Stoke Victim Nearly Suffered the fate of Terri Schiavo)

    06/11/2005 5:33:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 1,897+ views
    The New American ^ | 05.16.05 | Ann V. Shibler
    New Zealand-born Kate Adamson-Klugman experienced a double brainstem stroke in 1995 at the age of 33. She was helpless and completely paralyzed, suffering from "locked-in syn­drome." Kate thought she was clear in her own mind about what she would want if she ever experienced a catastrophic injury or illness. She knew she would face death bravely; she wanted no heroics. But as she lay in an intensive care unit, listening to the doctors talk about her own impending death and their plans not to treat her, her ideas of medical aid toward incapacitated persons drastically changed. Her own will to...
  • Panel backs 'Schiavo' bill: Louisiana Law would limit feeding tube actions

    05/11/2005 7:47:19 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 12 replies · 434+ views ^ | 05/11/05 | MARSHA SHULER
    Urged by Terry Schiavo's brother, a Louisiana Senate panel Tuesday advanced a proposed law that would require keeping incapacitated people alive unless they previously said or wrote that they don't want feeding tubes. "Every life is sacred, and we should treat it that way," Schiavo's brother, Bobby Schindler, testified. Opponents said the legislation -- spawned by the national furor over the Schiavo case in Florida -- is government stepping in where families, with physicians, should be making the decisions. Before approving the measure, the Senate Judiciary A Committee voted 4-3 to require the state to pay medical bills if government...
  • 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...
  • U.S.Living Will Registry (Advance Directive Forms)

    04/03/2005 11:58:24 AM PDT · by Pendragon_6 · 4 replies · 359+ views
    U.S. LIVING WILL REGISTRY Living will - health care proxy Advance Directive FormsPreparing an advance directive involves more than simply filling out a form. The time you spend thinking about the kind of care you want, or don't want, and discussing your wishes with your family and loved ones is much more meaningful than simply checking off boxes on a form. The written document is a good way to memorialize and record your thoughts and choices, but it is no substitute for time spent discussing those choices with your loved ones.You might want to start out by visiting the...
  • Pope's 'Living Will' Wants Life Support to the End

    03/31/2005 2:07:07 AM PST · by bd476 · 21 replies · 761+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2005 | Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
    PARIS (Reuters) - Pope John Paul, now being fed through a nasal tube because of his throat problems, effectively wrote his own "living will" last year in a speech declaring some life-extending treatments a moral duty for Roman Catholics. The ailing Pontiff sharply narrowed Catholic guidelines for treating patients nearing death in March 2004 when he described tube-feeding as a normal treatment rather than an extraordinary measure that can be stopped if all hope of recovery fades. This indicates he would want to be kept alive by artificial means even if he fell into a coma or a persistent vegetative...
  • El Rushbo's Living Will (EIB Superstar Makes Sure He's NOT Misunderstood When the Comes Alert)

    03/29/2005 6:14:30 PM PST · by goldstategop · 81 replies · 2,108+ views
    Rush ^ | 03/29/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Back to the phones, and we'll go to Clarkston, Michigan. This Don. Welcome to the program, sir. Nice to have you with us. CALLER: Hey, union thug dittos, Rushbo. RUSH: Great to have you. Yeah. CALLER: Yes, sir. Do you have an advance directive, sir, an advance medical directive? RUSH: You are asking personal information from the host? CALLER: No, sir, I'm just asking a "yes" or a "no," whether or not you do, sir. RUSH: I do. I have that and much more. CALLER: Okay. RUSH: You want some details? I'll even give you details. CALLER: No, sir....
  • My Living Will (Vanity)

    03/26/2005 7:18:47 PM PST · by MissouriConservative · 9 replies · 353+ views
    Myself ^ | March 26, 2005 | Myself
    In light of the tragedy in Florida, I have decided to make out a living will. I do not want what is happening there to happen to me. I wish to make my feelings known now while I still have time. While I make out this living will I continue to pray for that lovely woman, Terri Schiavo and her family. Some people may think that I am making light of the situation, but I am not. This living will is made in all seriousness and I hope that the State of Missouri will take it as such. I will...
  • Schiavo Lessons Learned - Protect Yourself TODAY.

    03/25/2005 11:26:07 AM PST · by TexasRainmaker · 7 replies · 436+ views
    Generation Why? ^ | March 24, 2005 | Jason Smith
    If there is anything positive that can result from the avalanche of media attention on the case of Terri Schiavo, perhaps it's that more people will become educated on the importance of Advanced Directives. There are several types of Advanced Directives that can be constructed. Living Will A living will only comes into effect when you are terminally ill. Being terminally ill generally means that you have less than six months to live. In a living will, you can describe the kind of treatment you want in certain situations. A living will doesn't let you select someone to make decisions...
  • A Living Will Won't Guarantee Your Wishes Will Be Followed

    03/24/2005 5:47:19 AM PST · by Brilliant · 1 replies · 506+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/23/05 | TERRI CULLEN
    After Josef Weissberg suffered a heart attack in 2001, following a battle with cancer, his son Ted was comforted that his father had prepared a living will. But as Ted soon discovered, a living will can't prevent a loved one from trying to pursue passionate beliefs. When it became clear Josef would die unless doctors intervened, Ted's uncle, Norbert Weissberg, began appealing to doctors to save his brother. "He just couldn't let his brother go," Ted says. At the time, "I was unaware that anyone other than my brother's wife had consented" to the advance directive, Norbert says. "It wasn't...
  • Terri Schiavo & Jessica Lunsford: This Week's Top Stories Should Serve as a Call To Action

    03/21/2005 7:28:24 AM PST · by TexasRainmaker · 7 replies · 502+ views
    Generation Why? ^ | March 20, 2005 | Jason Smith
    The top two stories this week involve cases that could've potentially been prevented if people had taken the right precautions.First, the case of Terri Schiavo ought to encourage EVERYONE to prepare a Living Will (aka "Physician's Directive" or "Advanced Directive") as soon as possible. This will remove any misunderstandings or doubt about what you would or would not like to receive in the way of life-supporting medical care/treatment.Second, the case of Jessica Lunsford, who was killed by a registered sex offender and predator of the worst kind. Parents should take a moment and search their states' Registered Sex Offender List...
  • Will to Live preferable to Living Will

    02/05/2005 7:28:13 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies · 735+ views
    The Item ^ | 2/5/57 | Begona M Bradham, Ph.D.
    In October 2003, the name Terri Schiavo made the news. Her story is familiar to most, so I will just remind you of its highlights. In February 1990 Schiavo collapsed at home under questionable circumstances. Her brain was deprived of oxygen for some six to eight minutes, and she suffered severe brain damage. In 1992, her husband Michael was awarded more than $2 million in three separate malpractice suits. This money was to be used for Terri’s care and rehabilitation. Instead, as soon as the money was awarded, Michael “remembered” that Terri had expressed her wish not to be kept...
  • Florida Man Dies After Hospital and Wife Battle Over His Living Will

    12/10/2004 1:57:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 84 replies · 2,245+ views ^ | December 10, 2004 | Steven Ertelt
    Orlando, FL ( -- The man at the center of a debate between his wife and a Florida hospital has died after the hospital won the right to terminate his life support. The hospital and wife disputed whether or not 73-year-old terminally ill patient Hanford Pinette had any hope of survival. Pinette stopped breathing less than two hours after doctors at Lucerne Hospital removed him from a breathing machine. "He was trying to breathe on his own," Pinette's wife Alice told the Associated Press. She is still upset at the actions a court took to allow the hospital to end...
  • Dealers of Death (Terri Schiavo, Living Wills)

    11/30/2004 1:02:24 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 2,355+ views ^ | 11/30/04 | Toni Collins
    The story of Terri Schindler-Schiavo will break your heart. This poor woman collapsed in her Florida home some thirteen years ago and suffered severe brain damage. Ten years ago, a medical malpractice case awarded $750,000 for her rehabilitation. But her husband (and guardian) has since forbidden any attempts at rehabilitation. Beware of the Serpent’s Soothing Words For years, Terri has been languishing while her husband seeks court approval to kill her. In fact, he's spent over half her rehabilitation money paying attorneys in an attempt to starve and dehydrate Terri by removing her feeding tube. Her parents' heroic determination to...
  • US Catholic hospitals to uphold living wills

    04/19/2004 8:07:56 PM PDT · by narses · 20 replies · 372+ views
    Catholic hospitals are reassuring patients they'll honour living wills in the wake of a papal pronouncement that hospitals should never remove feeding tubes from patients in persistent vegetative states. Pope John Paul II said last month that feeding and hydrating such patients is "morally obligatory" - and that withdrawing feeding tubes constitutes "euthanasia by omission". Since then, US bishops, theologians and ethicists have been studying the issue closely to see what the pope's words will mean for hospital operations in the United States. For now, many hospitals are deferring to the "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services"...
  • Pope Declares Feeding Tube Removal Immoral

    03/20/2004 9:28:59 AM PST · by phenn · 268 replies · 769+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 03/20/04 | The Pope
    March 20, 2004, 11:34 AM EST VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II said Saturday the removal of feeding tubes from people in vegetative states was immoral, and that no judgment on their quality of life could justify such "euthanasia by omission." John Paul made the comments to participants of a Vatican conference on the ethical dilemmas of dealing with incapacitated patients, entering into a debate that has sparked court battles in the United States and elsewhere. The pope said even the medical terminology used to describe people in so-called "persistent vegetative states" was degrading to them. He said no...
  • Judge Will Not Reappoint Guardian in Terri Schiavo Case

    01/13/2004 9:40:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies · 541+ views ^ | January 13, 2004 | Steven Ertelt
    Pinellas Park, FL ( -- A local judge will not reappoint a Stetson University law professor who was previously selected as guardian ad litem for Terri Schiavo. Professor Jay Wolfson was selected for the position after the state legislature passed Terri's Law. Charged with evaluating Terri's condition, Wolfson claimed Terri is in a persistent vegetative state, though numerous doctors and specialists disagree with his conclusion. Wolfson also said that she deserved to be given a swallowing test to see if she can eat and drink on her own before a decision is made to remove her feeding tube another time....
  • Terri Schiavo: Frightening people into signing their rights-full lives away

    01/11/2004 7:30:07 PM PST · by FreepinforTerri · 9 replies · 227+ views
    January 11, 2003 | David Kirkland
    By full-time Terri Supporter David Kirkland of Pinellas Park, Florida. I recently read a news article that left me with more evidence of the frightening, calculated assault on Live people, that not only occurs abroad, but right here in America In the article titled 'As some Dutch adapt to euthanasia, others stir up debate', Rob Jonquiere, a physician who runs a pro-euthanasia group, The Right to Die, Netherlands, said the lesson to be learned from the Schiavo case was that if she had filled out a right-to-die request form of the type that is freely available in the Netherlands,...
  • Terri Schiavo Debate Prompts Pro-Lifers to Protect Themselves

    11/03/2003 3:29:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 357+ views ^ | November 3, 2003 | Steven Ertelt
    Pinellas Park, FL ( -- Pro-life groups have always urged people to protect themselves from a denial of lifesaving medical treatment. However, the debate surrounding Terri Schiavo has dramatically re-emphasized the need to make the desire for appropriate medical care known beforehand. Wesley Smith, a leading pro-life attorney who specializes in bioethics issues, says people should make their wishes known beforehand. "I think people need to create advanced directives in which they say, 'I don't want to be dehydrated to death and have my food taken away if I become cognitively disabled,'" Smith explained. "We always hear about doing away...
  • NPR In A Coma

    10/25/2003 4:54:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 905+ views
    SLATE ^ | October 25, 2003 | Mickey Kaus
    Saturday, October 25, 2003, at 3:58 AM PT What's a complacent centrist do when he needs to be angry but can't find anything to be angry about? Simple: He listens to NPR! All Things Considered, in particular, rarely fails to come through. On Wednesday, I needed to come up with a "rant" for a scheduled radio appearance--and, presto, ATC delivered with a stunningly biased and condescending report on the Schiavo "right to die" case. "Bias" isn't quite the right word, actually. A biased report might interview all sides but slant the story to favor one point of view while quoting...
  • Affidavit of Carla Iyer, nurse who cared for Terri Schiavo from April 1995 to July 1996

    10/23/2003 5:58:54 PM PDT · by First_Salute · 332 replies · 34,636+ views
    AFFIDAVIT _________ STATE OF FLORIDA ) COUNTY OF PINELLAS ) BEFORE ME the undersigned authority personally appeared CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N., who being first duly sworn, deposes and says: 1. My name is Carla Sauer Iyer. I am over the age of eighteen and make this statement of my own personal knowledge. 2. I am a registered nurse in the State of Florida, having been licensed continuously in Florida from 1997 to the present. Prior to that I was a Licensed Practical Nurse for about four years. 3. I was employed at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center in Largo,...
  • Feeding-tube case prompts calls of victory

    10/23/2003 2:42:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies · 386+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 23, 2003 | Sarah Schweitzer and Lyle Denniston with Stephen Smith
    <p>CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It took the governor, the Legislature, right-to-life supporters, and a set of determined parents, but together they have claimed victory in Florida as a feeding tube once again pumps liquids into the body of Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged woman whose husband says her life should be ended to spare her misery.</p>
  • Gov. Bush orders effort to save brain-damaged woman

    10/21/2003 6:08:18 PM PDT · by attagirl · 17 replies · 183+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/21/03 | CNN
    <p>Terri Schiavo in shown in this undated photograph.</p> <p>Manage alerts | What is this?</p> <p>TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CNN) -- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ordered a feeding tube reinserted into a brain-damaged woman Tuesday afternoon, less than two hours after the Legislature passed a bill allowing him to do so.</p>
  • Schiavo Case Could Cause Change In Law

    10/19/2003 1:39:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 42 replies · 559+ views ^ | October 19, 2003 | DAVID SOMMER
    The portion of Florida's civil rights law that allows people to decide in advance whether they want to be kept alive through artificial means remains intact after a series of appeals in the case of Terri Schiavo. But legal scholars watching the case suspect the emotionally charged battle over Schiavo's fate will spur lawmakers to act to prevent such disputes in the future. Those emotions reached a climax last week when the 39- year-old St. Petersburg woman's feeding tube was removed on court orders. ``I don't see that this case itself is in any way groundbreaking in terms of the...