Severely brain-damaged patients are commonly misdiagnosed, often aware and may well recover, says authoritative new report

By Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. People with severe brain damage are difficult to diagnose reliably, not uncommonly recover, and are often much more aware than we think. Specifically: Four …

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British Supreme Court: Families can decide to starve brain damaged patients to death

“The Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent” By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children The Supreme Court has ruled that doctors can withdraw food and fluid from brain-damaged patients without going to court – if the patient’s family is in agreement. The Care not Killing (CNK) Alliance, of which SPUC is a …

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Ethically sound stem cells provide “meaningful” recover in stroke victims

By Dave Andrusko A study published in the journal Stroke “is creating significant buzz in the neuroscience community because the results appear to contradict a core belief about brain damage — that it is permanent and irreversible,” according to Ariana Eunjung Cha of the Washington Post. The preliminary research, which admittedly is tentative and involved …

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Parents’ request to euthanize toddler turned down, boy undergoes successful brain surgery

  By Dave Andrusko Thanks to the generosity of an unnamed party, little Xiong Junyi, from Anhui, east China, who suffered severe brain damage in an accident at his father’s workplace, underwent life-saving brain surgery last week. Xiong somehow got stuck on a mail delivery conveyor belt when he visited his father’s place of work …

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Joan Rivers will never be a carrot

  By Wesley J. Smith Whatever the future holds for Joan Rivers, who may have experienced brain damage during surgery, she will always be an exceptional human being deserving of equal rights and perceived moral value. To put it another way, contrary to some stories describing her potential health outcome, she will never be a …

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