By Emily Geiger
You know all of those people who are totally fine with pulling the plug on people in “vegetative states?”
Remember how the pro-life groups who oppose pulling the plug in such cases are always accused of being a bunch of Bible thumping, scientifically stupid, flat-earth imbeciles?
What would you say if scientific studies have shown that up to 43 percent of patients with disorders of consciousness are erroneously assigned a diagnosis of vegetative state?
What would you say if a man who was diagnosed as being in a “vegetative state” for the last 23 years was recently found to have been misdiagnosed and is now communicating to his family and his doctors through a specialized computer? What would you say if this man was actually conscious the whole time and remembers everything that happened to him for the last 23 years?
I would say this guy has a lot to be thankful for this week… like being thankful for the fact that it wasn’t a cheating spouse who wanted a new life with a shack-up honey making his healthcare decisions for him.
I know, I know… a lot of you are going to read this story in the news and say this isn’t a fair assessment. This guy was from Belgium. You think that something like this never could have happened in the United States.
Well, actually, this Belgian man did have several consultations with U.S. doctors. And, in an anti-climactic argument for nationalized healthcare, Belgium, who is supposed to have one of the best (nationalized) healthcare systems also failed to provide an accurate diagnosis.
Perhaps stories like this will make doctors, families, and cheating spouses think twice before they let their loved ones die.
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