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  • Do the dead merely appear to be alive?

    In this article, the authors argue that an appeal to the distinction between appearance and reality fails in defending the view that the ‘brain dead’ are dead. Specifically, this view relies on an inaccurate and overly simplistic account of the role of medical technology in the physiology of a ‘brain dead’ patient. We conclude by offering an explanation of why the conventional view on ‘brain death’, though mistaken, continues to be endorsed in light of its connection to organ transplantation and the dead donor rule.
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  • Eden Carlson's Recovery from a Persistent Coma

    Two-year-old Eden Carlson from Arkansas who nearly drowned in her family's swimming pool is on the mend, thanks to a type of oxygen therapy. This treatment may have application in other profound coma cases. This just one of many experiments with brain stimulation to energize brain synapses to return to communicate with other areas of the body and brain to provide the patients with the ability to regain functionality. However medical leadership will resist this potential reduction of their pool for the organ harvesting industry.
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  • Persistently unconscious patient awakened after receiving pioneering therapy

    A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation. The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if they have been in PVS for longer than 12 months. Since sustaining severe brain injuries in a car accident, the man had been completely unaware of the world around him.
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  • Organ Donation

    The source of most vital organs (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas) for transplantation is patients who have been declared dead. Are they truly dead? The answer to this question is crucially important, for, if organ donors are not dead, removal of their vital organs will kill them.

    Donation after brain death (DBD)

    The majority of “dead” donors suffer severe head trauma...


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  • Hospital Euthanasias patient with last minute POLST

    Family Member Who Wanted Woman Euthanized Produces a Physicians Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment which Only Appeared in the Last Minute Before Woman was to be Transferred to a Facility Willing to Treat.

    Although Life Legal attorneys were successful in obtaining a temporary court order, which prohibited the hospital from withdrawing life support...


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  • Candice Lewis seeing her condition improved

    Candice, who has different illnesses including spina bifida, has seen her condition improve markedly since a visit to St. John’s hospital in July. According to her mom, Sheila Elson, Candice hasn’t been having any seizures, is now able to feed herself, walk with assistance, use her iPad, and is more alert, energetic and communicative since her stay in St. John’s.

    “She’s back to about where she was five or six years ago,” says Elson. After a two-week hospital stay, Candice, along with her mother...


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  • VICTORY! Patient Rescued from Lack of Care and Treatment

    In this case the hospital was just letting this patient die painfully without any care or treatment. Fortunately the man's niece was also an attorney. She threatened the hospital with taking her uncle's case to a court judge. Immediately the hospital began to provide her uncle with full care. this case proves again the need for an advocate and a lawyer willing to take your case to a court judge.

    VICTORY! Patient Rescued from Lack of Care and Treatment

    Life Legal regularly...


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  • Patient's Life Saved Minutes Before Her Life Support Was Removed

    In this case, a woman was scheduled to have her ventilator removed at 4:00 pm on Friday. At 3:50, we learned that the judge had approved our petition for a court order! We frantically called the hospital, which refused to back down from its plan until the order was delivered to the hospital. At exactly 4:00 pm, our attorneys were able to speak with the woman’s health care team to let them know of the court order and the woman’s life was saved.

    Her condition improved over that weekend and she requires...


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  • Kate Kelly's Interview on Sputnik Radio, Russia

    In her continuing effort to communicate the dangers of euthanasia our editor Kate Kelly was interviewed by Sputnik Radio, Russia. Kate explains the current euthanasia situation in Canada. She uses her mother's euthanasia to show how legalization of physician assisted leads to medical institutions to feel free to involuntarily euthanize patients.

    Kate Kelly's Interview on Sputnik Radio, Russia

    2,149 patients have been euthanized in Canada in the first year since the legalization of assisted suicide, according to the second Interim Report


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  • Charlie Gard Sentenced to Death by a United Kingdom Court

    Ten-month old Charlie Gard was sentenced to death by a UK court for the crime of having been born with an extremely rare condition called mitochondrial depletion syndrome (MDS). Charlie is only one of 16 people ever known to have this disease. When Connie and Chris, Charlie’s parents, learned that their son had this condition, they searched for a treatment that would prolong his life. They found a doctor in the U.S. willing to provide an experimental therapy (nucleoside bypass therapy) that has been successful in 80% of infants with the same genetic mutation. But the so-called medical experts in the UK said it was an experimental move and would not help the baby. Also a hospital in the Vatican City offered to provide the same treatment. In a short time, Charlie’s parents quickly raised $2.2 million (according to Sky News) for Charlie’s transport and treatment in the United States.


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  • How to Be a Hospital Inpatient - And Live to Tell About It!!

    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

    QUESTION HOSPITAL DOCTORS

    In this period in North America, hospitals want to save money. Patients who have serious or chronic illnesses, or who have repeat inpatient stays, are an expense which reduces profits. We’ve all heard the phrase, “cut your losses”. Euthanasia is an effective way to do that. If you do not know the doctor, ask where he/she stands on “end of life” policies.


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  • Grief, Guilt and Anger

    Grief, Guilt and Anger Grief, guilt and anger are normal emotions that arise in a loved one whose spouse, parent, sibling or close friend has been euthanized against their and the survivors’ will. Dealing with these strong emotions by yourself can be very difficult. However, not dealing effectively with these feelings - or denying them altogether - can lead to more suffering for you.


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  • HEALTH CARE DECISIONS: Power of Attorney

    There are some things you need to know “just in case” you end up incapacitated in a hospital.

    1. Without legal paperwork, and in a health emergency situation, emergency personnel must do everything possible to attempt to revive you.

    2. Select one or two trustworthy individuals to act as Power of Attorney in the event that you are unable to make decisions. Make sure that they will decide as you would and that they are not...


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