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Originally posted by Nerdling
The permanent brain damage resulted from a chemical imbalance after a heart attack I believe. I can respect the parents for wanting to keep her going to see if she will recover but if she suffers then the humane thing to do is let her slip away with quiet dignity and her family around her. She is conscious, able to see and recognise her family.
The husband is too suspect for my liking. A verbal contract that cedes her rights to him just isn't enough to force her death. If she had signed a document or stated it on record it might be different.
Political moves are being made on this already, Republicans rotated talking points to assist in 2008's elections and the Democrats are keeping quiet due to their pro-choice stand.
It seems everyone isn't looking close enough, she is the sum of an age old argument. Whilst we all pray for her recovery we know it won't happen.
I guess its just a matter of time.
Originally posted by MauiStacey
where in history before our time has one been kept alive through artificial means? It's called survival of the fittest, she would not survive.
Don't get me wrong, I feel for her, have said prayers and shed tears. But, she is on her way home to the Creator and what could be better than that.
We all need to say prayers that she mets a painless end.
Originally posted by Carseller4
The issue is starvation.
If we refused to feed death-row inmates, it would be called cruel and unusual punishment.
Originally posted by Nerdling
A verbal contract that cedes her rights to him just isn't enough to force her death. If she had signed a document or stated it on record it might be different.
The general process of death for patients whose food and hydration tubes are withdrawn:
-Day One: The percutaneous endoscopic gastrotomy tube, which is placed through the skin and into the stomach, is removed in a simple surgical procedure. Patients who do not have mental cognition to have a sense of thirst or hunger will not be uncomfortable.
- Days Three to Four: Urine output decreases and patients begin to lose normal body secretions. The mouth begins to look dry and the eyes appear sunken. Patients will look thinner because the body tissues have lost fluid. Their heart rate gradually goes up and their blood pressure goes down. In some patients, dehydration releases endorphins in the brain that create a state of euphoria.
- Days Five to 10: People who are alert have a marked decrease in their alertness. Respiration becomes irregular with periods of very fast and then very slow breathing. Some patients will become restless, while others will be less active. For patients in a persistent vegetative state, there may be no discernible change in their movements.
- Days 10 to Death: Patients do not appear to respond to their environment at all and may appear to be in a coma. Length of death process is determined by how well-nourished patient was and how much body fat and fluid they had when procedure began. May be outward signs of dehydration, such as extremely dry skin. Kidney function declines and toxins begin accumulating in the body. Toxins cause respiratory muscles to fail. Multiple organ systems begin to fail from lack of nutrition.