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May 11, 2007

Update on Emilio

Topics: Futile Care Laws

From KXAN:

A brief filed by the court-appointed guardian ad litem is siding with the hospital.

That guardian ad litem was assigned by the court last month to investigate both sides in this debate. On one side is the mother of 17-month-old Emilio Gonzales. She says despite her son suffering from Leigh's Disease, a degenerative disorder, he still responds to her.

Unfortunately, the report suggests the guardian ad litem is expected to side with the hospital rather than the boys parents. The guardian ad litem is scheduled to make a recommendation to a judge on May 30 who will ultimately decide the childs fate.

Posted by tim at May 11, 2007 10:44 AM

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I just don't understand. Since when is it acceptable for any human to play God? No one should ever have the right to say that another person doesn't have the right to live! Emilio should have a tracheostomy and be allowed to go home with his mother, whether he lives 1 day or 1 century. She deserves that time with him. That's her baby, no one else's. It deeply sickens me to see this kind of thing happening in our great country.

Posted by: Kim Bermingham at May 12, 2007 8:57 PM

I hope the judge will think for himself on this one. Even if Emilio's case is "futile", the doctors cannot say that he doesn't fit the criteria for a tracheostomy. Perform the surgery, let him go home with his mother, and who knows? But if he were mine, I'd want every moment I could have with him. Don't be so heartless and judgemental. Also, how can they say he's suffering when they claim he has so many infarcts in his brain? He's suffering? Hmm...won't he be suffering when he is asphyxiated and starved to death? Feed the child, perform the surgery, and for Heaven's sake- QUIT PLAYING GOD!

Posted by: Kim Bermingham at May 14, 2007 7:19 AM

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