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View Diary: TX hospital effectively concedes that pregnant woman on life support for two months is legally dead (36 comments)

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  •  Supposedly by claiming that the law still applies (4+ / 0-)

    But they effectively torpedoed their only argument by conceding that they knew Marlise was brain dead and kept her on life support anyway.

    •  That's not it. (0+ / 0-)

      It was determined right from the beginning that she was brain dead. That's why her husband wanted them to remove life support. I really don't think the hospital is at fault here. They were obliged to follow the law as they understood it. Now that a judge has ruled on the real meaning of the law, the hospital no longer has to fear any legal ramifications.

      •  Disagree (1+ / 0-)
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        shades at midnite

        By definition, you can't provide life support to a dead person.

        •  There isn't a law that says that. (1+ / 0-)
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          shades at midnite

          Parents just moved their 13 year old daughter from one hospital to another because they're unwilling to accept that she is brain dead (the girl who suffered brain damage during a tonsillectomy). They keep possible organ donors on life support after determining they are brain dead. When you're dealing with death and families it's not so black and white. Especially when the person is young.

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