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Haleigh Poutre’s New Life and the Flawed Lessons People are Taking Away From Her Story

Readers of this blog will hopefully remember the story of Haleigh Poutre, a child in Massachusetts who was abused and then neglected, failed and abandoned by just about every professional whose job it was to act to safeguard her welfare and safety.  She became the subject of a life and death* court battle that sanctioned … Continue reading Haleigh Poutre’s New Life and the Flawed Lessons People are Taking Away From Her Story

Minnesota: Final Exit Network Argues Assisted Suicide Law Violates Free Speech Rights in Court

From the Telegraph-Herald: MINNEAPOLIS — Members of a national right-to-die group are challenging Minnesota’s assisted-suicide law, saying it violates constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association. The group Final Exit Network is challenging the law after four of its members were indicted in May in the suicide of a Minnesota woman. Prosecutors … Continue reading Minnesota: Final Exit Network Argues Assisted Suicide Law Violates Free Speech Rights in Court

India – Newest Case of Person Demanding Treatment/Money or Euthanasia (“Your Money or My Life”)

Lately it seems like I’ve been drawing quite a bit on material from the Thaddeus Pope‘s Medical Futility Blog. Mostly it’s because Pope is really good at digging out stories that fly under the radar of most of us. More than occasionally, he’ll write something that is too tempting to ignore.That’s true with his latest … Continue reading India – Newest Case of Person Demanding Treatment/Money or Euthanasia (“Your Money or My Life”)

Study: Treatment Withdrawal & Death for Patients with Severe Brain Injury Vary By Hospital

Once again, an item featured on Thaddeus Pope‘s Medical Futility Blog turned out to be something that I wanted to explore in greater detail than the brief blurb given on his blog, in his September 10th post, Hospitals Vary in How Quickly LST Is Stopped: In “Mortality associated with withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy for patients … Continue reading Study: Treatment Withdrawal & Death for Patients with Severe Brain Injury Vary By Hospital

Miracles, recovery and “rush-to-judgment” revisited

Last weekend, Thaddeus Pope posted a followup to an earlier item shared and discussed on his Medical Futility Blog. Let’s take it in order.  Back in March of this year, Pope originally shared the news about the unexpected recovery of Kimberly McNeill of New Zealand, an 18-year-old who suffered severe injuries in a car crash … Continue reading Miracles, recovery and “rush-to-judgment” revisited