A tragic case of modern bioethics: Denying life-sustaining treatment to a patient who wanted to live

By Philip Hawley, Jr. On December 23, 2015, a forty-six-year-old man named Chris Dunn died of complications from presumed (though unconfirmed) pancreatic cancer. In a few short months, illness ravaged this ex-sheriff’s deputy, his stout physique shriveling to skin on bones. In his final weeks, a breathing tube and ventilator were all that separated him …

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“Futile Care” Victim Dies in Texas

By Wesley J. Smith David Christopher Dunn, whom Houston Methodist Hospital tried to deny wanted life-sustaining treatment, has died. Dunn authorized a constitutional attack on Texas’s odious futile care law. For the sake of future Chris Dunns, I hope that case is not mooted by his death and continues. Futile care permits hospitals to create …

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Attorneys representing Chris Dunn contest Methodist Hospital’s attempt to seize guardianship

By Texas Right to Life Houston, Texas– December 10, 2015: Yesterday, the attorneys representing Evelyn Kelly contested Methodist Hospital’s application for custodial guardianship of Evelyn’s adult son, Chris Dunn. Chris is currently fighting for his life in Houston Methodist Hospital. His mother, Evelyn, is his Medical Power of Attorney and trying to ensure that Chris …

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American hero faces death sentence in a Texas hospital

By TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE Houston, Texas– December 4, 2015: If you’re ailing and in a Texas hospital, who should decide if you have the right to live: you or a committee of hospital administrators? Right now, an American hero is fighting for his right to make that decision from his hospital bed at Houston …

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