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A Visit to the Hospital

Where The Story might start…

Since gangrene took the neighbour, we’ve relocated to the private side room. Now, visiting hours have been relaxed, no-one checks my protective clothing and I’m left unsupervised. 657 more words


Friday Fictioneers -- Discarded Vegetable

You’ve agreed with each other, five years is long enough. Your voices ¬†tunnel through my ears into my bruised brain.

The doctor says, “If by some miracle your mother regains consciousness, she’ll be a vegetable.” 85 more words


Video-recording (life and death)

We’ve been having a lively debate about whether or not parents should be able to record their interactions with professionals, and there’s a piece over at the Guardian about it¬† … 1,233 more words

Case Law

Withdrawal of nutrition and hydration would not offend right to life - Strasbourg Court

Lambert and Others v. France (application no. 46043/14) – read judgment

In an important step away from Pretty v UK, the Grand Chamber of the Strasbourg Court has upheld the right of to die with dignity by ruling that there would be no violation of… 2,305 more words

In The News

Terri Schiavo Revisited...Misinformation and Bobbi Kristina

I’m trying to catch up on the past few weeks of news on this blog. There certainly have been no shortage of articles, scientific discoveries, news events, etc. 664 more words


Man in persistent vegetative state wakes up after 12 years

This story is from the ultra-leftist National Public Radio, of all places.


It was the late ’80s, and young Martin Pistorius, growing up in South Africa, was mostly thinking about electronics.

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Scientists find 'hidden brain signatures' of consciousness in vegetative state patients



Scientists in Cambridge have found hidden signatures in the brains of people in a vegetative state, which point to networks that could support consciousness even when a patient appears to be unconscious and unresponsive. 696 more words

Counter Intuitive - Medical