reply to post by cuckooold
Once the state steps in, and has declared the patient brain dead, no, the family cannot be billed, nor the insurance. If, in fact, they had insurance,
the billing ceased the date and time she was declared brain dead.
At this point, the state assumed custodial care, and financial responsibility for the mother and the baby. Once the state is calling the shots, they
pay the bils.
My concerns would not only lie in the possible damage to the fetus, but, in keeping a body on longterm life support, the potential damge to the fetus
is great, as well.
The body must be sustaned with electrolyte balance, hormone balance, cardiac balance, which is a seperate system, and lung balance. All of the drugs
being used, and potentially used, in this, can be quite harmful to the baby.
For instance, if the load becomes too much for her heart, cardiac drips and such are not good for fetal health.
Again, this is all going to depend on her general health, which is different than her brain death. Something, however, led to the PE to begin with.
That alone speaks volumes about her health leading up to the incident.
My concerns would definitely be fetal health.
I have seen this done twice. Once was a brain dead mother who delivered a normal infant, the other was a severely brain damaged mother, who delievered
a normal infant.
In both cases, the families fought over custody of the infant after it was born. In both cases, the mothers were unwed, and it was the maternal family
fighting the father for custody.
In both cases, the family wanted to pull the plug, but the biological father stepped in and refused.
In both cases, the state assumed custody of the mother, and assumed all financial responsibility, as well.
edit on 21-12-2013 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)