March 18, 2007
Toddler Forced Off Life Support - Help NeededTopics: Euthanasia
Update: As reported by Wesley Smith, the doctors and hosptial are working with the family and should be commended.
Melanie Childlers, one of Andrea Clark's sisters, wrote the following disturbing message concerning Emilio Gonzales, the 16-month-old boy who is set to be taken off "life support" against his mother's wishes:
Emilio Gonzales is a sixteen month old infant at Brackenridge Children's Hospital in Austin, TX. He has been diagnosed with Leigh's disease. Leigh's disease is a genetic malady which is caused by a lack of functional mitochondrial complexes. There is NO DEFINITIVE TEST for Leigh's disease, and physicians usually diagnose it based on symptoms, alone. There are tests which can back up the diagnosis, but let me reiterate: there are no definitive tests for this disease.
We have been in touch with the Bishop of the Austin Diocese--Bishop Aymond--who you would THINK would stick up for the life of this little child, ...Related:
Baby's life hangs in balance at hospital - Doctors say it's time to withdraw treatment; mother says it's too soon
Texas Patient's Rights - the organization founded by Andrea Clark's family following their battle for her rights.
Posted by tim at March 18, 2007 4:59 PM
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