Persistent vegetative state.
It’s a diagnosis that can be used for legal murder by starving the victim to death. These cases always get to me. In this latest instance reported today doctors were supposedly within hours of turning off this guy’s life-support system and his relatives were already choosing the music to play at his funeral.
Telegraph report: Cyclist makes ‘miraculous’ recovery
I have blogged about this many times, here’s my most recent: When is starving someone to death ever acceptable?
Is there no way we can raise awareness amongst the judicial and medical professions, and amongst relatives of those afflicted?
Is there some kind of professional blindness at play here? Or a Harold Shipman syndrome? Are people like Aaron Denham seen as “bed blockers” who need to be cleared out of the way for “proper” or “more deserving” patients? Is it a budget issue? I cannot believe that the doctors and nurses involved in this case would knowingly put this guy to death if they thought he could be saved, so how did we get into this situation? If they honestly believed he was in all senses of the word dead, why wouldn’t they just give him a lethal injection instead of turning off life support? Had they pulled the plug Aaron would have died a terrible and traumatic death. It’s not just the fact of him being killed, it’s the slow and agonising way they would have killed him. Are they happy with that thought?
Please read my previous blog where I consider this subject in more detail. There have been so many cases where doctors have been proved wrong.
Please: Stop Killing Patients.