The family disagrees with the neurological assessment of Joseph and to counter it, they have posted on youtube video clips of their son grasping at their fingers, kicking his legs and moving his arms in response to their tickles. He appears to respond to their voices. The parents argue that removing the ventilator will not only hasten Joseph’s death, but will cause him to suffer, essentially drowning in his own saliva. They have asked that the hospital provide a tracheotomy so that he can go home and live out his life, cared for by those who love him.
The situation is beyond heart-wrenching for all involved, but proves to be of special interest to diverse advocacy groups, including those of us who work in pro-life outreaches, anti-euthanasia efforts, and even those who are singularly concerned about the erosion of patients’ rights.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Imagine Having a Judge Say Your Infant Child Must Die
That is what is happening to a couple in Canada.