As 2013 ends my thoughts are with the family of Jahi Mcmath, a thirteen year old in Oakland California whose tonsillectomy surgery went tragically wrong, and whose family are now embroiled in a legal battle with the hospital to prevent a switch off for her life support. The family believe she still has a chance, the doctors don’t.
The family, not surprisingly, don’t trust those doctors in their death treatment/protocol, since the damage to their child occurred via the same doctors’ life treatment/protocol.
Obviously there is a potential requirement in future legal proceedings that when someone effectively kills your child, whoever is ultimately assigned responsibility, they should not be the authority responsible for counseling parents or making decisions about further treatment.
It all opens a very painful and difficult debate as to what constitutes life, or death, and that has been changing for a while with new technology and understanding.
In the US people many people would be against the abortion of a fetus declared brain-dead or ‘non-viable’ in the womb, and it’s exactly the same position with this young lady. If her family believe she has a chance- then she should be given it if it can be done.
In the history of medicine people always had to step out of line to further the cause.
Doctors playing God is always going to happen…if Oakland Childrens’ Hospital doesn’t believe in life support they should not use it in the first place. It’s NOT their call on how long they persist if this family feel their child has some vital signs the doctors have missed.
It disgusts me the insensitivity of the responses from Oakland Childrens’ Hospital as continually reporting this child as a corpse.
Especially if it’s their own incompetence which affected the outcome of surgery….man-up, you fools.
NRA official response: zero.
Working on some creative writing…
Is this the way the world will end, with neither a bang nor a whimper, but a
~ Mark Mardell, US BBC Editor, article: A market-moving fake tweet and Twitter’s trust issue
Dr Sam Parnia is director of Resuscitation Research at Stony Brook University in New York, as more people recover from dying minutes or even hours after they would traditionally have revived he is re-evaluating what death means to individuals and society:
Contrary to popular belief, death is not a moment in time, such as when the heart stops beating, respiration ceases, or the brain stops functioning. Death, rather, is a process—a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun.
For people lucky enough to have cardiac arrest at a facility with specialist staff and protocols, prompt and continuous CPR and cooling therapy can lead to full recovery. However in the UK and the US such treatment is not routine:
The painful reality is that even though most of us are not aware of it, many living on our own doorsteps, even in industrialized countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, or elsewhere, even areas with many of the best medical care centers in the world, may still not receive optimized care.
~ Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries
Between Life and Death, Sam Parnia MD and Josh Young
Margaret Thatcher was the most socially divisive British politician ever. Those of us who grew up in Britain in the seventies or eighties found ourselves fortunately- or less so- on either side of a realm in which poor people get worse off versus richer people benefit.
It would be dishonest even in sympathy to her own later circumstances and grieving relatives to say anything else of a politician who openly blamed and vilified people for their own situations whilst changing their way of life with drastic political policies.
She was no champion or role model for feminism or equality. She was ousted for unfairness. Here democracy prevailed.
Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved
to end Communism.
~ Nancy Reagan
There was no communism to fight in Britain ( was there any in the US? )
Taking care of people in need and making ordinary people’s work worthwhile financially isn’t communism. It’s Christianity. It’s humanity.
Maybe her greatest legacy will be her coping with dementia illness: but I doubt it.
Who cares about that?
She didn’t. We should.
Most dementia patients won’t end their ‘care in the community’ days in The Ritz.