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  • BioEdge: Parents who await miraculous cures could be “torturing” their dying children, say UK doctors
    stubborn fundamentalists is death This is a bit tricky so they cast about for other arguments Citing Richard Dawkins they argue that a small child is not old enough to have religious beliefs of his own Then they point out that if the child survives he will have a low quality of life anyway Finally they suggest that supporting the child is a waste of scarce resources The responses in the JME are fascinating Its editor the Oxford utilitarian Julian Savulescu argues that the article misses the mark entirely It is really a question of the allocation of scarce resources While I might want a treatment with a one in a million chance of a cure society is entitled to say that such a treatment cannot be afforded within a public health system even if there is a small chance of cure The chance is just too small Another Oxford ethicist Mark Sheehan says that religion is a red herring in the debate Given the cultural and political histories of Islam and Africa in the last 100 years how is it surprising that the parents who would not come around did not trust the combination of Western medicine Western religious representatives and the secular view of doctors Steve Clarke also of Oxford analyses some of the contested issues The best interest of the child What could be more in the interest of a dying child than being miraculously cured Miracles They do not demonstrate that miracles are impossible and indeed this would be very difficult for them to do so given there are significant scholarly arguments for the conclusion that miracles are possible He then suggests that rather declaring a war on the parents religious beliefs it would be better to engage with them on their own terms God may

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/parents_who_await_miraculous_cures_could_be_torturing_their_dying_children/10194 (2016-02-18)
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  • “Baby Joseph” returns to Canada, breathing on his own
    a tracheotomy at a children s hospital in St Louis Missouri The 15 month old with a progressive neurological disease became the centre of an international end of life debate when Ontario doctors refused to do a tracheotomy because they considered it invasive and not recommended for patients who need a long term breathing machine The family refused to accept the recommendation catching the attention of the Catholic pro life group Priests for Life which funded treatment in the US Frank Pavone national director of Priests for Life said he considers the case a victory over the culture of death He says that Joseph has gained benefit from his tracheotomy is breathing on his own and is going home to live with his parents It is not clear how much time the family have with Baby Joseph It s really an unpredictable condition Pavone said Our mission to save Baby Joseph was never based on any prediction of the future but rather on the value of his life here and now CNN Apr 22 MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada futile care Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/baby_joseph_returns_to_canada_breathing_on_his_own/9502 (2016-02-18)
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  • Canadian baby at heart of ethics debate goes to US for surgery
    Joseph from his ventilator His parents refused They wanted the hospital to do a tracheotomy so that the child could come home with them and die there The parents insisted The hospital went to court and the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario supported the decision to take Baby Joseph off life support The parents appealed and lost in the Ontario Superior Court American pro life groups came to the rescue They flew Baby Joseph to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children s Medical Center a Catholic hospital in Missouri whose doctors studied the case and decided to do the tracheotomy It is our hope that this procedure will allow Joseph and his family the gift of a few more months together and that Joseph may be more comfortable with a permanent tracheotomy the hospital said in a statement After a few days the child will be discharged and brought home to Windsor Ontario Canadian anti euthanasia activist Alex Schandenberg says that the key issue in this emotional case is not euthanasia but who makes end of life decisions for children He says that the law must be changed It is incredibly expensive for the family to bring a case to the Superior Court and yet the doctor hospital has no fear of costs because the health care institution has nearly unlimited legal resources Because of the inequity in the legal defense case after case results in decisions by the Consent and Capacity board that support the doctor hospital The law s inequality has resulted in a growing body of precedent setting cases that constantly increase the power of the doctor hospital to make medical decisions against the wishes of the family This must change The Globe and Mail Mar 21 BBC News Mar 14 MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada futile care

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/canadian_baby_at_heart_of_ethics_debate_goes_to_us_for_surgery/9454 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Rwandan woman being fed again
    appointed guardian had ordered the tube removed because she was profoundly impaired and would never recover The legal issues are still being resolved Ms Nyirahabiyambere who is currently in a Maryland nursing home had not been fed for more than two weeks but is still alive New York Times March 12 MORE ON THESE TOPICS futile care PVS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/rwandan_woman_being_fed_again/9450 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Adrian Owen of the University of Western Ontario The dead more alive than the vegetative Jared Yee 02 September 2011 Comments tags PVS Terri Schiavo vegetative state It has been easy to tell between the living and the dead However modern medicine has created a new option persistent vegetative state PVS UK mother asks for daughter s life support to be withdrawn Michael Cook 15 April 2011 Comments tags PVS UK Should food and water be removed from unresponsive patients The cases in the newspapers nearly always feature dramatic conflicts between a flint hearted medical bureaucracy wanting to pull the plug and tearful relatives desperate to keep them alive Rwandan woman being fed again Michael Cook 18 March 2011 Comments tags futile care PVS A Rwandan woman in a permanent vegetative state whose feeding tube had been removed against her family s wishes is being fed again Brain damaged immigrant s feeding tube removed Michael Cook 05 March 2011 Comments tags futile care PVS A court appointed guardian has removed feeding tubes from a 58 year old comatose grandmother in a Maryland nursing home who has no health insurance and whose children cannot afford to pay for hospice care False alarm Belgian man in coma will not be writing a book Michael Cook 20 February 2010 Comments tags coma facilitated communication PVS Facilitated communication proved false Catholic care for PVS patients under fire Michael Cook 11 February 2010 Comments tags Catholic Church nutrition and hydration PVS Compassion and Choices says guidelines are arrogant and stern Ariel Sharon enters fifth year of coma Michael Cook 16 January 2010 Comments tags coma PVS Still unresponsive Media got it wrong about Belgian coma recovery man Michael Cook 16 January 2010 Comments tags coma media PVS Newsweek special investigation Belgian coma man wrongly diagnosed

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/PVS (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Brain-damaged immigrant’s feeding tube removed
    followed him to help care for his children She also lost her health care benefits She was also ineligible for Medicaid because she has not lived in the US for five years Then in April last year she had a stroke which left her in a permanent vegetative state She was being cared for at Georgetown University Medical Center a Catholic hospital in Washington DC After seven weeks the hospital tried to discharge her as caring for her was very expensive According to the New York Times the hospital told her sons that they had three options to find a nursing home take her into their own homes or send her back to Rwanda The sons said that they could not afford any of these Tension grew In December at the request of the hospital a Virginia court appointed a guardian Andrea J Sloan Ms Sloan acted quickly Ms Nyirahabiyambere was transferred to a Maryland nursing home and in mid February despite anguished protests from her sons her feeding tubes were removed so that she would starve to death As of Thursday March 3 she was still alive The Times cites emails from Ms Sloan Hospitals cannot afford to allow families the time to work through their grieving process by allowing the relatives to remain hospitalized until the family reaches the acceptance stage if that ever happens Generically speaking what gives any one family or person the right to control so many scarce health care resources in a situation where the prognosis is poor and to the detriment of others who may actually benefit from them Ms Nyirahabiyambere left no living will but it seems clear that she would have preferred to remain hooked up to her feeding tubes However Ms Sloan ignored her preference According to the Times she

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/brain-damaged_immigrants_feeding_tube_removed/9427 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Black and white in the healthcare rationing debate
    were merely prolonging his death Mr Betancourt passed away before New Jersey s Superior Court was able to issue an order However it may soon clarify whether hospitals can discontinue care in such cases Mr Appel believes they should He says the court should decide that physicians and taxpayers only have a duty to provide unlimited care to patients who have a meaningful chance of returning to consciousness Let us make no mistake about what this would mean It would mean declaring that the lives of PVS patients are worth less than those of others Rather than shying away from this outcome progressive bioethicists should have the courage to acknowledge and to embrace this proposition There you have it an example of healthcare rationing in its starkest form If care of the estimated 25 000 PVS patients in the US were withdrawn all at once the system would save US 6 billion a year according to futility law expert Thaddeus Mason Pope In response on Bioethics Forum at the Hastings Center Report L Syd M Johnson says it s not that simple even the Betancourt case Johnson points out that Betancourt was not actively dying that some PVS patients recover

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/black_and_white_in_the_healthcare_rationing_debate/9099 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    taking desperate measures to ensure basic care Controversy flares over Obama s healthcare appointment Michael Cook 09 July 2010 Comments tags healthcare rationing Obama Is this a step towards healthcare rationing Black and white in the healthcare rationing debate Michael Cook 09 July 2010 Comments tags futile care healthcare rationing Thanks to Jacob M Appel Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/healthcare+rationing (2016-02-18)
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