The Modern Anathema of Living with Brain Damage

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January 14,
2008

The Modern Anathema of
Living with Brain Damage

By Fr. Tad
Pacholczyk


Not yet availableMany families are faced with
decisions about what to do when their loved ones suffer serious
brain injury. When individuals are unlikely to come out of so-called
"vegetative states," should we discontinue nourishing them by tube
feeding? Is there anything wrong with causing patients in
compromised states to die from starvation and dehydration under
these circumstances? We all lived through such a decision when Terri
Schiavo died in 2005 in Florida. Her death raised disturbing ethical
questions that continue to reverberate in society today.

I
remember discussing her situation with somebody who remarked, "Well,
I wouldn’t want to live the way Terri did, with such poor quality of
life." My response was, "Nobody would want to live the way she did –
yet we all face deficits and disabilities that we have to live with.
The bigger question is whether other people should be taking it upon
themselves to remove feeding tubes that are effectively nourishing
individuals who are compromised or disabled."

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The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, Inc., (TSSF) is a non-profit
group dedicated to ensuring the rights of disabled, elderly and vulnerable
citizens against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing.
Incorporated in 2001 to fight for the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo, the
clear focus of TSSF now and in the future is to help others avoid future
tragedies that reflect what Terri endured.

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