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March 25, 2007

Fired for Refusing to Remove a Feeding Tube

Topics: The Truth About PVS

This message came from a reader during the fight for Terri Schiavo's Life two years ago:

I am an RN. Several years ago, I was wrongfully fired for refusing to remove a feeding tube from 2 patients who had been diagnosed as PVS like Terri. Neither patient was really PVS and no appropriate testing was done to make that determination. I witnessed how one of the patient's died. It was horrible! We won a lawsuit and then the state supreme court overturned the jury verdict that had been in our favor. I don't care what the motivations of the husband or parents are in this case. Starving and dehydrating people to death is wrong! It was determined to be cruel and unusual punishment as a mode of execution in capital cases. It is murder! If you have to starve & dehydrate a person to get them to die, then you'd better ask yourself the following question: Exactly how terminal is this person?! The answer is: They aren't terminal!
The culture of death, however, views disability with great disdain, suggesting that the dignity of human life is dependent upon the health of the individual and his or her abilities. Such instrumental characteristics are fleeting and subjective, and make man, rather than the God, the final arbiter of life and death.

Posted by tim at March 25, 2007 4:37 AM

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