(Closed) Braindead pregnant woman will be removed from life support…

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you agree with the court's final decision? Explain.
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  • Post # 3
    1797 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Yes, I 100% agree. I read about this when it first happened, and I felt so bad for her family. Like he just lost his wife, but now he was going to be forced to raise a possibly mentally challenged child.

    Post # 4
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    It should have been done the instant the husband requested it. I’m relieved that the family is allowed to grieve properly finally. I feel sorry that she had to be on support for so long despite her beliefs and strong wishes.

    Post # 5
    2602 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m pro-life, and this is one of those situations where it’s hard to say what should be legal and what shouldn’t. At first, I was for keeping her alive. I would think most mothers, regardless of a conversation they had prior to a pregnancy about life support, would choose to be kept in that state so that their child could live. At the same time, it’s a horrible situation. Now that there is evidence that this baby is deformed and will not survive, I do feel they made the right decision. Had that evidence not been there, I would not have been able to vote “yes” with certainty.

    Post # 6
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I can see where, in the event the fetus would have been viable, that there could be controversy with stopping life support.  In that case, life support is not only keeping the woman’s body alive, it is giving her unborn child a chance at life.

    In this particular situation, they have found fetal abnormalities and noticed a decline in the condition of the fetus.  I absolutely believe that no person should be subject to any medical treatment they would not or do not want, to include artificially extending one’s life.  Her family was aware of her wishes, and I’m very glad that they are able to honor those wishes and begin the healing process.

    Post # 8
    5381 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Yes, finally. They should have done it the minute he said to do so. Especially now that they know for sure about the deformities. Hope the family can finally find some peace in this awful situation.

    Post # 9
    1814 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    [Husband] begins by stating, “Since my wife’s death on November 26th, 2013, I have had to endure the pain of watching my wife’s dead body be treated as if she were alive.”

    He goes on to say he is positive that his wife Marlise is dead and lists several reasons, saying in part, “When I bend down to kiss her forehead, her usual scent is gone, replaced instead with what I can only describe as the smell of death.”

    He also says, “Her limbs have become so stiff and rigid due to her deteriorating condition that now, when I move her hands, her bones crack and her legs are nothing more than dead weight.”


    I can’t imagine putting my husband through that. My heart breaks for him having to go through that for 2 months. Terrible. 

    Post # 10
    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I was pretty horrified by this. I felt so badly for the family!

    Post # 11
    1979 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Yes, I agree whole-heartedly.  Shame on the hospital for not doing it 2 months ago when the family first requested it! The family shouldn’t be forced to resort to litigation over it. That law needs to be changed.

    Post # 12
    4605 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I agree. Her wishes were clear and they should have respected that. The fetus is deformed and the doctors said it was not viable. I am glad that now the family can properly grieve and the woman’s wishes are finally being carried out. 

    Post # 13
    706 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Absolutely agree!  I felt it should have happened immediately, given the wishes of her husband and family.  While horribly sad and tragic, I’m glad that her family can finally have some peace.

    Also, after reading the articles today about the condition of the mother, I was horrified that it had continued for so long.  It definitely opened up some conversations between Darling Husband and I if we were to find ourselves in a similar situation.

    Post # 14
    2122 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

    As long as there is sufficient evidence the foetus is developing abnormally it is cruel to keep both alive in this state and prolong suffering for the family.

    Post # 15
    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think, if it were me and my baby were viable and healthy, I would want them to do everything to keep my baby alive and well. But it would seem that in a case like this, the  baby isn’t going to live or live well if they had.maintained it I wouldn’t want to be a human incubator for a baby who won’t live anyway. 

    Post # 16
    7977 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    I can see a case for doing this if the mother was quite advanced in her pregnancy, but 14 weeks is just too early. The foetus was highly unlikely to ever be viable, this was causing grief and distress to her family members, and the difficulty and expense in keeping her alive for such an uncertain outcome is not a good use of medical resources. This level of intensive care should be reserved for those who have better projected outcomes, IMO. The trouble and expense of this for such a poor projected outcome… the money would be better invested in public, extensive, low level medical care.

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