This was a rather interesting development in “the assured results of medical science”:
‘Dead’ woman wakes up as her organs are about to be harvested
Woman had been pronounced dead by medical staff and parents had agreed to donate her organs
Heather Saul Tuesday 09 July 2013
A ‘dead’ woman awoke on an operating table in America just as her organs were about to be harvested for donation.
Colleen Burns had been pronounced clinically dead by medical staff following an overdose of Xanax and Benadryl, The Post Standard newspaper reported, and after arriving at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Centre in Syracuse was declared a victim of “cardiac death”. Doctors had notified her family and they agreed to switch off her life support machine and donate her organs.
The 41-year-old had in-fact slipped into a deep coma as a result of her drug overdose and her condition had been mis-diagnosed as irreversible brain damage.
When Ms Burns was wheeled into surgery where her organs would be removed for transplants, her eyes opened in response to the bright lights in the operating theatre, causing doctors to immediately call off the procedure. The mother-of-three was discharged from hospital two weeks later.
According to Ms Burns mother Lucille Kuss, not only were medical staff at the hospital unaware that she was alive and demonstrating signs of brain activity, but doctors never explained exactly what had lead them to incorrectly believe her daughter had died. “They were just kind of shocked themselves,” she said. “It came as a surprise to them as well.”
The family did not sue and the hospital was charged just $6,000 by the State Department in September 2012. They were also ordered to hire a consulting neurologist to teach staff how to accurately diagnose brain death, as a nurse had performed a reflex test on her feet before the procedure by scraping a finger across the bottom of her foot. The toes allegedly curled downwards.
According to the paper, Dr Charles Wetli, a New Jersey based forensic pathologist said that Ms Burns reactions should have immediately suggested that she was alive and responsive. “Dead people don’t curl their toes”, he said. “And they don’t fight against the respirator and want to breathe on their own.”
The case was only investigated by the state in March 2010 when the newspaper requested information under the Freedom of Information Act. A review by the Health Department found that key tests had not been performed to scan for brain activity or assess if her condition was improving.
In a report produced by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it said: “Intensive objective peer review and root cause analysis of the case was not done by the hospital’s quality assurance program until prompted by the Department of Health.”
The investigation did find, however that St. Joseph’s had acceptable organ procurement policies and procedures.
Kerri Howell, spokeswoman for the hospital, told the newspaper: “St. Joseph’s goal is to provide the highest quality of care to every patient, every time.
”These policies were followed in this case, which was complicated in terms of care and diagnosis.
“We’ve learned from this experience and have modified our policies to include the type of unusual circumstance presented in this case.”
16 months after being wrongly pronounced dead, her daughter committed suicide.
“She was so depressed that it really didn’t make any difference to her,” her mother told the Post Standrad.
Let me be crystal clear: any argument that went, “fetuses don’t have brain waves, so ergo sum they are not living human beings” were just entirely refuted.
For one thing, human beings are NOT our brains. We are, rather, the kind of creatures that HAVE brains. We were created in the image of God. God is a Soul, not a giant Brain. Whether or not we have “brain waves” is utterly immaterial to our humanity and our dignity and our incommensurable worth. And on the medical front, in support of this fact, we have had patients who literally had an entire half of their brains removed. Do you know what happened? First allow me to tell you what did NOT happen: what did NOT happen was that a patient who had had the “emotional” part of her brain removed did not suddenly become a Vulcan of pure reason. Rather, what happened is that the half of her brain that remained compensated for the half that had just been removed, such that she was able to be completely normal. I can literally cite dozens of cases just like this. Just a few:
Furthermore, the idea that “medical science” should get to decide who has a brain or a brain wave pattern and therefore who gets to live and who gets to die has now been proven to be absurd – and the only people who think that ought to be assumed to have no functioning brain waves and get THEIR organs harvested while they sit there staring at you.
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961. Just maybe not in America. If his mother had had an abortion anytime prior to that date, Barack Obama would have been killed. To try to argue that, no, a “potential” Barack Obama would have been killed is simply idiotic. The ACTUAL Barack Obama would have been killed. And if you doubt this, please produce just ONE “Barack Obama” who is out there floating around right now in some woman’s tummy bearing the exact DNA match of “Barack Obama.” In all of the entirely of human history – and this according to the most assured medical science we’ve got – there has only been ONE “Barack Obama” with “Barack Obama’s DNA” in all of human history and the entire history of planet earth. Abortion would have killed Barack Obama, just as it in fact HAS murdered hundreds of millions of innocent human beings. Such that, yes, if you tell me that abortion only results in the death of a “potential” human being, I would be completely correct to assume – you know, by your own damn standards – that you clearly don’t have any functioning brain waves and to harvest your organs while you stand there idiotically staring at me.
It is a fact as amazing as it is tragic that the “Democrat” Party went from justifying slavery with the argument that it was up to the individual slaveholder whether or not he or she chose to have slaves to their modern argument that it was up to the mother whether or not she wanted to have her baby. The implicit assumption in both cases was/is that the black person or the baby is not a legitimate human being and therefore ought not possess any rights of his or her own. And thus did Democrats go from evil to evil, using the same identical argument to justify the two most wicked things ever allowed in America.
The Nazis loved abortion, just as Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, identified with the Nazis just out of her racism. The Nazis and everyone just like them love to be able to arbitrarily define whatever group of people they want are “not human” and therefore worthy of death.