Haleigh Poutre Update

by Sal on January 27, 2006

in Politics

The idea of persistent vegetative state is slowly being debunked by the continuing story of Haleigh Poutre. A week ago, she was on life support, and the SJC declared that DSS had the power to pull the plug. Then, she started breathing again on her own. Now, she is being moved out of intensive care into a Rehab facility because she picked up a Curious George stuffed toy and a yellow duck on command. Some idiots, however, are arguing that this increases the need to remove her from life support!

Some neurologists say Haleigh’s actions suggest she may have moved into a ”minimally conscious state,” in which patients are aware of their surroundings and can respond to commands.

That condition could sometimes strengthen arguments to withdraw life support, because such patients can feel pain, some medical ethicists said. Patients in a egetative state, on the other hand, are oblivious to the agony that is part of their life.

This is absurd! Here’s a young 11-year old girl, vastly improving in her condition in the space of a week, and people are still arguing to kill her. Where has the idea of the Sanctity of Life gone in this country? The way people are treating her life is immoral, criminal, and just plain sick.

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Cannon January 27, 2006 at 4:10 pm

So we should kill people because they feel pain? Could the same logic apply for the state of the entire Democratic Party, after their unrelenting agony from a 2-term Bush White House, minority status in Congress, and the rightward swing of the Supreme Court?


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