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April 23, 2005

Judge Stays Montefiore's Termination of Taran

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New York City's ABC affiliate, Channel 7, is reporting overnight developments in the case of Taran Francis, who would have been dead by now—that is, truly dead—had Montefiore's plans to deny the 13-year-old boy the ventilatory assistance he needs to live not been thwarted by his loving family and a seemingly judicious judge.

As Eyewitness News' Ken Rosato reports:

It was a dramatic scene here last night, with the judge coming here at almost literally the 11th hour and meeting with the family and the hospital. In the end, he decided to keep the child alive, at least until Monday....

Judge Douglas McKeon arrived at Montefiore Hospital late last night for an emergency hearing.

After a heartwrenching meeting with the family of Taran Francis, the judge decided to keep the 13-year-old alive with the help of a [ventilator]....

After hours of prayers, and Judge McKeon's meeting, the family's wishes were granted.

Patsy Gouldbourne, family attorney: "The mother's there, the aunt's there, the brothers, the sisters—relatives are just coming, it's non-stop. He has a very large family, and very supportive."

Continuing its efforts to support Taran's family in defending his life, CURE has faxed (718-561-2162) pertinent materials to the office of Robert Genis, the family's attorney, whom we have been unable to reach by phone (718-561-4444).

"All parties concerned will now meet with the judge on Monday," Rosato reports, concluding:

Because of the judge's order, the child will be allowed to stay on life support until Monday. But at that point, the hospital does have the right to pull the plug. The hospital is insisting that this child is "brain-dead," that there is no hope he can ever recover from this horrible incident.

But there is no right to murder—neither Terri Schindler Schiavo nor Taran Francis. Nor should any one have to meet some arbitrary standard of recovery to justify his life. It is sufficient to survive. Finally, if Taran were truly dead, he would have suffered rigor mortis by now. Would they bury a breathing boy with a beating heart in the ground? Then why murder him?

Crossposted to Life Matters!

Posted by earl at April 23, 2005 7:36 PM

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Hi, Earl,

So right about the arbitrary standards--how perverse mankind is. So glad Taran has a large family to stand by him, pray for him. Now I wish we had our 24/7 prayer warrior groups up and running. Can we improvise, people?

My husband says he will take the 10-11 tonight and also tomorrow morning. I will take the 11-12 tonight and tomorrow morning. Pray for all kinds of miracles of God's choosing and pray for whatever God gives you to pray for.

I'll tell you a story about a woman who was woken from sleep and knew she was to pray for her neighbor's son who was in France during WWII. So she prayed until she had to get ready to go for work and ended her prayer with "Lord, just cover him."

Over in France the boy was in a portion of the army which had been ordered to cross an open space which was covered by the Germans. It was a suicidal orderbut they had to go across. Then just as the order came to move out, a cloud came from nowhere and "covered them".

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 24, 2005 9:44 PM

I'm with you, Mary. What was it St. Paul said?

Pray without ceasing. And while you are praying, pray for Clara Martinez, as well— see above.

Posted by: Earl Appleby at April 24, 2005 10:25 PM

Count me in too. With people being in time zones all over the place, I'll side with Earl (Paul) and just keep the prayer line open.

Posted by: Tom Spence at April 24, 2005 10:31 PM

I'm sure we will all pray without ceasing in one sense anyway. The only reason for committing to certain hours is that each and every hour will be covered by focused undisturbed pleading before the throne of God.

Will pray for Clara, too, and little Baby Charlotte. My pleasure.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 24, 2005 10:41 PM

Mary, Earl, Tom,

Am praying continually today too, for Taran. Especially today, as it is the day the hospital could take over Taran's life again. Praying for God's protection for him.

Posted by: juleni at April 25, 2005 10:00 AM