ManateeGag: The article said she was pregnant, that's why they didn't take her off life support (or did I read wrong)What happened to the baby?
Clever Neologism: He will be on the hook for the bill, guaranteed.
what_now: Actually, this headline is unfair to medieval medical practitioners.Sure, they thought that opening a vein cured evil humors and they tended to just pray a lot, but even monks and nuns would give a dying person an herbal concoction to "sleep" while the prayed over them and they died.
Serious Black: This would just be the outrageous cherry on top of an enormously outraging sundae.
FlashHarry: Serious Black: I'll reserve my outrage until we're sure the husband is getting billed even one lousy penny.i think there's plenty of outrage to go around even before we know the billing situation.
Girion47: washington-babylon: genner: Did the child live? Did he ever have a chance of coming out of this alive?According to the NPR piece about this, The child is alive and will probably survive if they leave her on support. They did detect some possible deformity with one of the child's legs, but that alone is not enough in texas to allow them to pull the plug. Regardless what the woman wanted or what the husband wants, there is another life in the picture that also has rights. Before all the "Women have the right to abort" folks jump on this, I have to point out that this woman is Brain dead. She has no further rights, and the only rights at stake here are the rights of the still living child in her womb. For all intents and purposes, she (her body, at least) has become a strange artificial/natural womb that can continue to support the child until delivery. The father needs to shut up and man up.If the fetus can't survive without any outside help then it isn't a viable human, it's still in the parasite category.
WhoGAS: All this talk makes me wonder...If ghosts were real, would there be little aborted fetus ghosts wandering around all the time?Great hordes of little fetuses runnin' around the abortion clinics...
TV's Vinnie: Smeggy Smurf: TV's Vinnie: IMO, the hospital should only be paid up until the point where the husband asked to have his wife taken off life support.Any other charges after that is the hospital's obscene violation of human rights, and if they really want to push it, they'd better bring some KY to the courtroom or the husband's lawyers are going in dry.You know you're farked when I agree with a left wing farktardThat's MISTER left wing farktard to you, boy.
parasol: Slam Bradley: brantgoose: Living wills, people. Living wills.Not to keep piling it on...but it can't be said enough on this topic. She had a living will. It was ignored because she was pregnant and it conflicted with this law: Sec. 166.049. PREGNANT PATIENTS. A person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient (the subchapter being the code regarding living wills)If hospitals want to be dicks about it, under Texas law it might be impossible to have your living will honored if you are pregnant, no matter how particular you are with the directives.In fact, in 26 states, there are laws that allow for living wills to be ignored if the patient is pregnant. 26!!!!!!This is why I think women of child-bearing age should add an addendum to their living wills to the effect of "If I am pregnant within ( x ) trimester/week window ( x further directive x )" - and have bio dad sign it as well.THAT would make for some serious derpitude
TV's Vinnie: IMO, the hospital should only be paid up until the point where the husband asked to have his wife taken off life support.Any other charges after that is the hospital's obscene violation of human rights, and if they really want to push it, they'd better bring some KY to the courtroom or the husband's lawyers are going in dry.
Bathia_Mapes: genner: Did the child live? Did he ever have a chance of coming out of this alive?According to another article the fetus was badly deformed from the waist down & had hydrocephalus. Not surprising really since it gestating in the womb of a dead woman being pumped full of chemicals that have nasty effects on fetuses to keep her from rotting. Even if it had been born it probably wouldn't have survived for very long.
Bathia_Mapes: According to another article the fetus was badly deformed from the waist down & had hydrocephalus. Not surprising really since it gestating in the womb of a dead woman. Even if it had been born it probably wouldn't have survived for very long.
genner: Did the child live? Did he ever have a chance of coming out of this alive?
Satanic_Hamster: Five bucks the hospital will try to use the bill as leverage against the coming lawsuit.
vpb: MaudlinMutantMollusk: If you live in Texas, it shouldn't come as any surpriseI would say that they couldn't possible not realize how bad they will look if they tried to bill the family, but it's Texas.I wouldn't be surprised if they were proud that they were sticking it to the moocher.
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