Reasonably Ascertainable Reality

Thoughts and musings on current events and other random occurrences.

Location: South Jersey, United States

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Should I hold out hope...

that one of those commentators, protestors, SENATORS, CONGRESSMEN...anyone who used this case to further their own agenda...will apologize.
I guess I won't hold my breath (emphasis mine).

She died from dehydration, Thogmartin said. He said she did not appear to
have suffered a heart attack and there was no evidence that she was given
harmful drugs or other substances prior to her death.
He said that after her feeding tube was removed, she would not have been able to eat or drink if she had been given food by mouth, as her parents' requested.
"Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death whether she was fed or hydrated by mouth or not," Thogmartin told reporters.
He also said she was blind, because the "vision centers of her brain were dead," and that her brain was about half of its expected size when she died 13 days following the feeding tube's removal.

Keep in mind (via Atrios) what Bill Frist said. Damn those videotaped diagnoses:

"I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an
hour or so looking at last night in my office,” he said in a lengthy speech in
which he quoted medical texts and standards. “She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli.”


..."The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of
a human brain," he said. "This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons."

I feel very sad for her parents. I truly believed that they thought she could be rehabilitated, and that in itself is not something to sneer at. But they were used, by everyone, to further an agenda that had nothing to do with them. Yes, they took advantage of it, but I'm sure it was out of love and a sense of loss.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Find an Attorney