America The Insane

The Second District Court has this to say regarding Terry Schiavo:
Since 1990, Theresa has lived in nursing homes with constant care. She is fed and hydrated by tubes. The staff changes her diapers regularly. She has had numerous health problems, but none have been life threatening.

Over the span of this last decade, Theresa's brain has deteriorated because of the lack of oxygen it suffered at the time of the heart attack. By mid 1996, the CAT scans of her brain showed a severely abnormal structure. At this point, much of her cerebral cortex is simply gone and has been replaced by cerebral spinal fluid. Medicine cannot cure this condition. Unless an act of God, a true miracle, were to recreate her brain, Theresa will always remain in an unconscious, reflexive state, totally dependent upon others to feed her and care for her most private needs.
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Although the physicians are not in complete agreement concerning the extent of Mrs. Schiavo's brain damage, they all agree that the brain scans show extensive permanent damage to her brain. The only debate between the doctors is whether she has a small amount of isolated living tissue in her cerebral cortex or whether she has no living tissue in her cerebral cortex.

... so why is there any debate about this?
People, she doesn't have a brain any more. It's not that she doesn't have a particularly well working one, she simply doesn't have one. It has gone away.
Frankly, the whole debacle sickens me. People should have more respect for the dead.
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[email protected] wrote on Tuesday, March 22, 2005:

To be fair, her brain hasn’t gone away….just the cerebral cortex..you know, the bit that makes you sentient.

Unfortunately for her, she still has the ability to breathe.

I figure 75% of the population now needs a living will. That’s $150 for standard paper with signature….assume that 50% of those go get one…that’s hmmm….a lot of dinero…

So it’s the Christian movement right?

Anonymous wrote on Sunday, May 22, 2005:

I think that technology somtimes surpasses compassion, common sense not to mention who pays for the exorbitant cost of this extended care. After all, we have such a reliable health care system and administration that has made health care a number one priority in this advantaged country. Now I’m not Terry’s parents, but in this particular situation, legally she was married to her husband who would be the one who should know her best and who she trusted to respect and carry out her wishes. Please remember that being a Christian doesn’t necessarily make me right, that you can’t pigeon hole us Christians, and the only thing that makes us right is the sacrifice of Christ’s life that redeemes our lives. Only in Christ are we acceptable or ‘right’ in the sight of the God of Abraham.

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