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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-06-05 10:23 AM
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17. Your stats include preemies over 32 oz.
How old was your grandfather? What was his general condition? There comes a time when chemo will ruin one's life a lot more effectively than cancer will. Would he prefer a shorter life with a higher quality? Or was he going for time, puking for months and crippled with arthritis and wracked with pain afterwards? Chemo is extremely hard on the healthiest young adults. It is devastating for most people over 70.

I'm afraid medical ethics decisions aren't as simple as families think they are. All treatments have significant risks, and some are simply not worthwhile, and some of those are based on age and/or condition. Sometimes the cure really is worse than the disease.

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  -England: Expert tells doctors: let youngest premature babies die mnmod  Jun-06-05 09:49 AM   #0 
  - I'm on the "let nature take its course side"  sui generis   Jun-06-05 09:57 AM   #1 
  - But this is not taking things on a 'case by case' basis..  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:04 AM   #2 
  - I am with you  bleedingheart   Jun-06-05 10:20 AM   #11 
  - I join you with this view.  DemExpat   Jun-06-05 10:22 AM   #14 
  - I hate to see it rigidly limited to the number of weeks  Warpy   Jun-06-05 10:04 AM   #3 
  - I would guess  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:11 AM   #6 
     - Your stats include preemies over 32 oz.  Warpy   Jun-06-05 10:23 AM   #17 
        - He was  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:28 AM   #21 
  - flame  RBHam   Jun-06-05 10:07 AM   #4 
  - No, just news worthy..  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:12 AM   #8 
  - I disagree with this stance completely  Walt Starr   Jun-06-05 10:07 AM   #5 
  - That would be a great ending to the abortion debet!  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:11 AM   #7 
  - Which is part of why I believe Republicans vehemently oppose any  Walt Starr   Jun-06-05 10:14 AM   #9 
     - What are you going to do with all those "saved" fetuses?  Warpy   Jun-06-05 10:30 AM   #23 
        - My father  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:33 AM   # 
        - As medical science advances, so does education of the masses  Walt Starr   Jun-06-05 10:33 AM   #25 
  - have you ever had a child in NICU?  bleedingheart   Jun-06-05 10:18 AM   #10 
     - I used to work in a hospital  Walt Starr   Jun-06-05 10:21 AM   #12 
     - well we better fix the healthcare system first because the last thing  bleedingheart   Jun-06-05 10:23 AM   #15 
        - 70% of those who survive pre 25 weeks  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:24 AM   #18 
        - show me the link to support that  bleedingheart   Jun-06-05 10:25 AM   #19 
           - From the Article  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:32 AM   #24 
              - 80% have disabilities that vary  bleedingheart   Jun-06-05 10:42 AM   #27 
                 - They are counting things like squint!  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:46 AM   #28 
        - Oh I agree with that completely  Walt Starr   Jun-06-05 10:28 AM   #22 
     - If medicine does not push the limits then..  mnmod   Jun-06-05 10:23 AM   #16 
  - As the mother of a premature baby  Mizmoon   Jun-06-05 10:22 AM   #13 
  - This assumes that technology will never advance  theboss   Jun-06-05 10:27 AM   #20 
  - My nephew's wife just had a baby.  Bunny   Jun-06-05 10:34 AM   #26 
  - Let all life live!  RedCloud   Jun-06-05 11:00 AM   #29 

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