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Re: No doubt that this...

Mo, thanks so much for your comments. You are very kind. There was a case in NY a few years ago in which an Orthodox Jewish boy was in a similar situation. In his situation, the rest of his organs caught up with his brain before the court could intervene, so I guess it could happen again. I would imagine, however, that any individual physician could refuse to provide care, given that we are not ethically or legally required to provide "futile" care in most jurisdictions. So I am not sure how those two competing  issues would be approached.

I do agree with you in that the underlying situation of being healthy and going in for semi-elective surgery with no expectation that this could happen, has made the discussions wtih the family more difficult, and certainly has led to a problem of trust between the family and the providers. The conjecture I heard on CNN last night, that the hospital is wanting the girl to be dead because the medical malpractice suit will return a lower amount than if she requires "life-long" care is preposterous. Or that they have taken certain actions because the insurance company won't pay for treatments after her declaration of death occured.

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