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March 04, 2005

PVS recovery cases

I found a rather long list of people who doctors had given up on, but recovered from what was diagnosed as Persistent Vegetative State.

Some of them are also on the list at Feminists for Life (I'm not sure how those two concepts mesh, but anyway), they also list some people who, unfortunately could have recovered, but greedy relatives used the law to have them murdered.

The Hospice Patients Alliance has another sad story of someone legally murdered by a relative.

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 4, 2005 11:48 AM

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dude I've read the first few members of your list. While all very hope-inducing stories, I'm not convinced that any of them were PVS recoveries, but instead came out of comas. Do you know there's a difference between PVS and coma?

Posted by: Neil at March 31, 2005 05:36 PM

Prolife groups such as Feminists for Life aren't just against abortion. In fact, if you look at their newsletters that they send out to their own membership, about half of the space is given to anti-euthanasia issues and improving the lives of folks who are considered "burdensome" or "better off dead." They also are less likely than prochoice groups to favor the death penalty. Many, like FFL, are also pacifist. So it's not an oddity at all.

Posted by: Christina at April 4, 2005 01:08 AM

Neil -- the list is very clear about which patients were diagnosed with coma and which with PVS.

*You* may not be convinced they are PVS recoveries, but that's the point. Doctors diagnosed each one as terminal, sometimes after many many years. Every one DID recover.

So do we make our bias in favor of life, or in favor of disposing of unwanted-yet-living people?

If I don't defend the helpless today, it may be me who is next to go.

Posted by: MrPete at April 4, 2005 01:35 PM

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