Horrific!

Dec. 23rd, 2005 06:05 pm
ladyjaneinlace: (pelee rising)
[personal profile] ladyjaneinlace
Young African Immigrant Woman Taken Off Respirator - While Still Conscious and Responsive

So this is what we've come to in the great state of Texas: kill people off out of "economic necessity."

(CBS11TV.com - 12/14/2005)

"It was against our will to unplug her. We never wanted that.”

Daniel Salvi and his family surrounded his sister’s bedside Monday at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano and watched doctors take the 27-year-old off life support.

"It didn't take long — 15 to 16 minutes,” Tirhas Habtegiris’ brother recalled.

Habtegiris had abdominal cancer that spread to her lungs. Eventually, she was on a ventilator and her cousin took care of her.

The family said doctors told them they would have to remove her from life support in 10 days. When the family disagreed, the hospital's Clinical Ethics Committee met and decided to take Habtegiris off the ventilator.

The hospital declined an on-camera interview, but in a statement said they "contacted 12 facilities including hospitals, long term acute care facilities and nursing homes, all of whom declined to accept the patient.”

Salvi believes this would not have happened if his sister had health insurance.

"If you don't have money in this country, you're nothing. You're not a human being."

But a Dallas attorney who worked on the law said money has nothing to do with it and only clinical matters are considered.

Dr. Allan Shulkin, who specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine at another Dallas hospital, supports the law.

"Sometimes applying technology when there is no other opportunity for recovery is wrong not because it’s expensive, but because it prolong suffering," he said.

Salvi said his sister wanted to die in her mother's arms.

A hospital spokesperson the facility offered to hire an immigration attorney free of charge to help bring the woman's mother from East Africa.

Relatives, however, said the East African process was too lengthy.

~~~~~~~~~~~~

[livejournal.com profile] zoethe has done a far better job commenting on this situation than I could.

If they were going to pull out her respirator, couldn't they at least have sedated her first?
From:
Anonymous( )Anonymous This account has disabled anonymous posting.
OpenID( )OpenID You can comment on this post while signed in with an account from many other sites, once you have confirmed your email address. Sign in using OpenID.
User
Account name:
Password:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
Subject:
HTML doesn't work in the subject.

Message:

 
Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.

Profile

ladyjaneinlace: (Default)
ladyjaneinlace

September 2010

S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
121314151617 18
19202122232425
2627282930  

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 25th, 2017 08:05 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios