By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This appeared at BioEdge and is reposted with permission. A British couple has won a court battle with a National Health Service [NHS ] trust over the death of their new-born baby in 2012. They alleged that staff at Darlington Memorial Hospital turned off the child’s life support without consultation with …Continue reading "British hospital turned off life support of new-born without parents’ consent"
“Eerily similar” cases, shades of Alfie Evans By Dave Andrusko In an incredible coincidence two families are fighting to keep their sons on life support at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. CHOP has declared both Areen Chakrabarti and Jayden Auyeung brain-dead and want them taken off of ventilators, according to Fox News, However, “Both boys are …Continue reading "Two New Jersey families fight to keep their sons on life-support"
By Texas Right to Life Pro-Life Texans have long known the danger of giving hospital administrators power over life and death decisions. Under the anti-Life Texas 10-Day-Law, countless vulnerable Texans have been denied life-sustaining treatment against their written or spoken wishes or the wishes of their medical surrogate. Patients like Chris Dunn have been denied their …Continue reading "When doctors gave up on Beatrice, her husband fought for her: “He saved my life”"
By Dave Andrusko When a whistleblower who worked at the hospital nursery for premature babies at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel, felt hospital officials were not taking her accusations seriously, she turned to police with a story of a nurse who’d disconnected a premature baby from life support systems, intentionally allowing …Continue reading "Nurse accused of disconnecting newborn from life support systems, deliberately causing her death"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life Charlie Gard, who suffers from a rare, life-limiting chromosomal condition that weakens his muscles, will turn 9 months on Thursday, in the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) of London. But the raging battle over treatment options–and whether the government hospital service has sole medical authority over those …Continue reading "London Parents file appeal in hospital battle to treat baby Charlie"
By Wesley J. Smith There is a fight in the UK about whether to keep a seriously ill baby on life support or put her in palliative care to die. Typically of our age, the idea that a person has a life not worth living may really be about discrimination against the disabled coupled to …Continue reading "Quality (Not Worthy of Life) Danger Ahead"
By Wesley J. Smith Texas has a medical futility–what I call Futile Care Theory–law permitting doctors to remove wanted life-support that works from a patient based on their views about quality of life. Before that is done, patients/families are supposed to receive due process–such as it is–e.g., a hearing before a bioethics Star Chamber …Continue reading "Feeding Tube Removed Despite Court Order"
By Dave Andrusko The family of Marlise Machado Muñoz, the pregnant woman who collapsed from an apparent pulmonary embolism November 26 , filed suit in Tarrant County civil court Tuesday, requesting the court to issue an order requiring John Peter Smith Hospital “to immediately cease conducting any further medical procedures and to remove Marlise …Continue reading "Family files suit to remove pregnant woman said to brain dead from life support"
By Dave Andrusko Jahi McMath remains on a ventilator today as her family continues its frantic struggle to find a doctor who will insert feeding and breath tubes into the 13-year-old who has been diagnosed as brain-dead. One part of the complex network of requirements has been met, according to the Oakland Tribune and …Continue reading "Family of Jahi McMath struggles to find doctor to insert breathing and feeding tubes"
By Dave Andrusko In 2009, a string of colossal errors led doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York, to be moments from removing organs from Colleen S. Burns whom they had concluded was brain-dead. “Then she opened her eyes,” reported John O’Brien and James T. Mulder of the Syracuse Post-Standard. “She …Continue reading "Woman opens eyes as surgeons about to remove organs"