April 17, 2005
Feeding Resumed for Mexican Woman in Vegetative StateTopics: News
Chicago - By the intervention of the State of Illinois government, feeding was resumed for Clara Martinez, a Mexican woman in a vegetative state. She had been 30 days without food per her husband's decision.
Sources at the state's Department of Human Services told the EFE wire service that the woman's gastric feeding tube was ordered reconnected after the visit by an inspector to the house where she is being attended.BlogsforTerri Note - we appreciate the article but wonder if the choice of "brain-dead" to describe Clara's condition was a translation error considering she consumes fluids orally and reportedly responds to others.
Lydia adds the following in our comments section:
She absolutely cannot be brain dead if she breathes on her own, etc. There certainly are problems with "brain death" (I know CURE talks about these), but at a minimum it is not supposed to apply to people with functioning brain stems who breathe on their own. The extension of the term to apply to people in a PVS (which Clara probably isn't, anyway) IS A MERE ERROR. I'm sorry to see LaRaza perpetuating it, but it's happening a lot in the media these days.
Posted by tim at April 17, 2005 6:34 PM
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