Israel Stinson was declared dead by clinicians at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center. But his parents, Jonee Fonseca and Nate Stinson, do not accept that diagnosis.
They explained in a recent interview: “Because of our faith we will wait for our son to wake up . . . It’s just something telling us, ‘Don’t give up.’”
“And we won’t give up. God won’t give up. . . . We’re hoping with God that something gives. Anything’s possible.”
Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), got a one-week extension on a temporary restraining order mandating Kaiser to continue "treatment" to keep Israel’s condition stable, while the family seeks a second opinion.
My colleagues and I have been doing lots of research lately on how physicians and patients discuss out-of-pocket expenses during clinic encounters. One of our recent publications has been getting lots of attention, with this being the latest example. I … Continue reading →
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KNOWLEDGE: Prohibiting secrecy and covertness is a solidly defensible goal. As a series of recent high profile UK court decisions explain, clinicians should not write DNAR orders without family knowledge.
CONSENT: But the Simon's Law legislation also requires clinicians to obtain parental consent. I have called this sort of requirement a "red light" law. And I have been critical of this approach.
But the father of the child for whom the law is named wrote a powerful newspaper letter. Scott Crosier questions whether "medical professionals and institutions . . . are all-knowing and a better decision-maker than a parent or loved one. . . . Do they really believe their medical acumen is so superior to a family’s love?"
CPR is not physiologically futile for a baby with Trisomy 18 or for other critically ill babies. Therefore, the appropriateness of CPR is not a medical or scientific judgment. It is a heavily value-laden judgment about whether CPR is worthwhile.
Warning: I am not writing about Angelina Jolie. I am not asking whether women like Jolie, with a strong family histories of breast cancer and known genetic mutations, should consider having bilateral mastectomies. Women like Jolie face extremely high lifetime … Continue reading →
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