January 26, 2006
Haleigh Poutre in RehabTopics: Euthanasia
Haleigh Poutre was given a death sentence by doctors who said she was "virtually brain dead" and in a "hopeless" state of "persistent vegetation".
The eleven year-old was hospitalized after her stepfather allegedly burned her and beat her unconscious with a baseball bat. Less than three weeks later, the Massachusetts Department of Social Services pushed to remove Haleigh's feeding tube and respirator and won approval from the State Supreme Court to so.
Well, the young girl fought, and she lived. Today, two weeks later, Haleigh was moved to a rehabilitation facility.
Despite her "hopeless" condition, and her status as "virtually brain dead", she reportedly began showing signs of improvement and was weaned off her ventilator. An outside doctor gave a positive second opinion and now Haleigh has a shot at life.
A sad and diabolical twist to the story is the fact that the DSS, the agency that petitioned the court to end her life, was aware that she had suffered injuries prior to the event that left her incapacitated and hospitalized.
Michelle Malkin challenged Hollywood's "Save Tookie" crowd to apply their "err on the side of life" standard to an innocent child for once.
Posted by tim at January 26, 2006 6:24 PM
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