Awareness found in Vegatative Patients--posted by Tony Garcia on 9/11/2006
(H/T: Terrance This Stuff Is Stupid)
Remember Terri Schiavo and the kill-her crowd kept saying she felt nothing, knew nothing and was "a vegetable"? They were for extermination.
Now it seems there must have been a mistake on that whole feel-nothing/know-nothing deal.
Advanced brain scanning uncovered startling signs of awareness in a woman in a vegetative state, British scientists reported Thursday - a finding that complicates one of medicine's ethical minefields.Yeah, the response is typical..."only one patient" and there's no agreement "on whether the woman had some real awareness".
The work is sure to elicit pleas from families desperate to know if loved ones deemed beyond medical help have brain activity that doctors don't suspect. "Can he or she hear and understand me?" is a universal question.
But the point during the whole Schiavo case and each case since is that life is life and any shred of hope is enough to prevent extermination.