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Electric Stimulation Treats Severe Brain Damage

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It appears there may be a way to improve the condition of patients in a persistent unconscious and minimally conscious states. From the New Scientist story: People who have been in a minimally conscious state for weeks or years have been temporarily roused using mild electrical stimulation. Soon after it was applied to their brains, […]

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“PVS” Patient Communicates “Not in Pain!”

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These stories are worth keeping in mind: In Canada, a patient thought unconscious for ten years was found able to communicate using sophisticated brain scans. From the 2012 BBC story: Whether a patient is in pain is an important question for physicians. But for patients in a coma, it’s a question that is not likely […]

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Dehydrated Patients May be Aware!

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Imagine you are in a hospital or nursing home with a brain injury. Doctors say you are “not there,” but you are. And you hear doctors tell your family to stop giving you food and water! Imagine what that would feel like. And imagine the suffering that would cause! Kate Adamson, wrongly diagnosed as PVS […]

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Terri Schiavo-Type Patients May Feel Pain

“Persistent vegetative state” is the only medical diagnosis I know of that contains a pejorative. No human being is a carrot. And the more we learn about these persistently unconscious patients, the more we seem to be discovering that they may not be “gone” after all. Now, a study shows that they may experience pain. […]

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Forced Plug Pulling Coming?

Uh-oh. NYU Bioethicist Art Caplan seems to suggest — in the context of a story about former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon — that we should not maintain people like Terri Schiavo and others, who are either in a persistent vegetative or minimally conscious state, even though new research suggests that at least some are […]

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Finding the Consciousness in “Unconscious” People Worth the Cost?

Patients diagnosed as persistently unconscious may be the most scorned people on earth. I mean, who else could be called a turnip or carrot with impunity? It is within the context of this “unrepentent bigotry” that I analyze a hopeful story about increasing efforts to find the consciousness within the diagnosed unconscious. We have discussed […]

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Medical Morality Requires Equally Valuing Unconcious Patients

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC A neurologist named Dr. Rohan Ramakrishna tells of a potential treatment for persistent vegetative state. From the MSNBC report: Researchers from the University of Munich recently reported that they were able to awaken an 82-year-old woman who’d been in a persistent vegetative state by using […]

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Should Dehydration Be the Default Decision for PVS?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Bioethics exploded into the headlines over the last few weeks after the Journal of Medical Ethics published an article promoting “after-birth abortion,” that is, the right of parents to have infants killed if the child’s presence in life did not serve their (or society’s) interests. […]

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Should Dehydration Be the Default Decision for PVS?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Bioethics exploded into the headlines over the last few weeks after the Journal of Medical Ethics published an article promoting “after-birth abortion,” that is, the right of parents to have infants killed if the child’s presence in life did not serve their (or society’s) interests. […]

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New Consciousness Test Won’t Stop Dehydrations

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC There has been some media buzz about a new test that appears to show some patients, previously diagnosed as unaware (persistent vegetative state), can actually perceive. From the New Scientist story: Owen and his team used an EEG on 16 people thought to be in […]

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The Schindlers Were Right to Insist on Tests for Terri

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Full disclosure: I am very close with the Schindler family. (Terri’s siblings and mother. Her father Bob died last year, his health destroyed by grief over what happened to his beloved daughter.) They are as good and decent as people get. I know the lawyer […]

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The Drive to Redefine Defenseless Human Beings Into Mere Natural Resources « The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network

Wesley J. Smith, our special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network has another great piece you can read here. Organ donation – yes. But donation is the operative word! The Drive to Redefine Defenseless Human Beings Into Mere Natural Resources « The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network Posted using ShareThis ShareTweetPinShare

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