September 9, 2005
Update on Scott ThomasTopics:
There is finally confirmed news about Floridian Scott Thomas's July 18 hearing. At that time, Scott's mother, Pamela, was awarded continued custody for another six months. At some time in January Judge Wilkes will again consider whether to give custody back to his wife.
After Scott's accident a year ago, on September 5, Scott's mother reportedly was told by hospital staff that his wife Liza planned to remove Scott to hospice and remove his feeding tube. Scott is now able to smile, eat with a straw, and communicate to a limited extent, though he apparently cannot talk. The cause of his accident remains under investigation, and this investigation is evidently the chief reason for his mother's receiving custody.
There is now a new web site that will hopefully keep us updated regularly on what is going on with Scott. In a Christian Wire Service news release it is stated that Judge Wilkes will not admit Scott's own testimony about his accident because Scott is legally an incapacitated person. I suspect this is legally correct, and it is worth noting that a person in this category apparently cannot even testify as to the causes of his own injury. In this regard, he is at an greater disadvantage than a minor child. A young child is not fully legally competent for many purposes but can give testimony about an assault.
Scott's mother states on the Scott's Fight web site that his wife has expressly included the following line in her petition to the court for guardianship: "The court may be called upon to approve withdrawal of life support." Since Scott is not on any ventilation or other "life support," the only thing this could refer to is withdrawal of his nutrition and hydration. And we all know that this is fully possible in the state of Florida.
Posted by lydia at September 9, 2005 3:32 PM
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