Saturday, September 06, 2014

Mother fights state over Do not Resuscitate Order for her infant

According toAP/NYT (see link below):
"A teenage mother is fighting a do-not-resuscitate order imposed on her brain-damaged daughter, saying she should be responsible for medical decisions. Child welfare officials who intervened after the baby was severely injured say life-saving measures in the event she stops breathing would only prolong her suffering.
The mother, Virginia Trask, originally agreed to the do-not-resuscitate order. At one point, the infant was removed from life support and placed in her arms to die, then opened her eyes and began breathing. . . .
"The case is unusual. Art Caplan, of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, said he had never heard of another case of a do-not-resuscitate order imposed against a mother’s wishes.
‘‘It could set some precedent for setting parental rights in some pretty horrible circumstances,’’ he said. ‘‘It could set some precedent with regards to medical authority.’’

I agree with Mr. Caplan.

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