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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 12:26 PM
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Persistent Vegetative State information
A persistent vegetative state (commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as "brain-death") sometimes follows a coma. Individuals in such a state have lost their thinking abilities and awareness of their surroundings, but retain non-cognitive function and normal sleep patterns. Even though those in a persistent vegetative state lose their higher brain functions, other key functions such as breathing and circulation remain relatively intact. Spontaneous movements may occur, and the eyes may open in response to external stimuli. They may even occasionally grimace, cry, or laugh. Although individuals in a persistent vegetative state may appear somewhat normal, they do not speak and they are unable to respond to commands.

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/coma/coma.htm

Sounds exactly like Schaivo. I read that 7 of her 8 doctors over the years had diagnosed her as having such. The one doctor saying otherwise was brought in by her parents. Anyway, its good to have a better understanding of what is going on when debating the cult loonies.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 12:28 PM
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1. Thanks.
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 12:32 PM
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2. The "cult loonies" are also brain dead, so debating there....
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Tesibria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 12:35 PM
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3. missing the point
... still missing the point.

the POINT of the case is self-determination and honoring her wishes.

PVS is a very broad-spectrum diagnosis and frequently mis-used/over-used.

Whether she's in a "PVS" - or whether she was correctly diagnosed - is UTTERLY IRRELEVANT.

Whether her WISHES, as found by multiple judges in multiple courts, should be respected now IS the issue.

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