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05/15/2018

Hospital Sued for "Wrongful Death from Attempted Involuntary Euthanasia"

The Florida District Court of Appeal is reviewing the dismissal of a wrongful death action related to medical care that HCA provided to 33-year-old Harmony Thornton. (Case No. 3D17-1461)

It appears that the plaintiffs violated some procedural rules. But they definitely win points for colorful statements of their claims. Count I is “Wrongful Death from Hospital Homicide.” Count II is “Wrongful Death from Attempted Involuntary Euthanasia.”

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05/14/2018

Ethical Considerations in the Manufacture, Sale and Distribution of Genome Editing Technologies

by Jeremy Sugarman MD MPH,MA, Supriya Shivakumar PhD, Martha Rook PhD, Jeanne F. Loring PhD, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter PhD, Jochen Taupitz PhD, Jutta Reinhard-Rupp PhD, Steven Hildemann MD PhD

New genome editing technologies are playing an increased role in an array of advanced research and development efforts in the life sciences. In tandem, there has been broad recognition of the need to address the ethical issues associated with the use of these genome editing tools. Although many uses of genome editing technologies do not raise novel ethical concerns, some have rightly attracted considerable attention, especially regarding the possibility of manipulating the human germline (Baltimore et al.…

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05/14/2018

Brain Death Forsaken on This Week in Health Law Podcast

I am delighted to be in this week's episode of THIS WEEK IN HEALTH LAW podcast.

We discuss grave and complex problems in end of life care, focusing on the tragic case of Jahi McMath. We talk about my recently published “Brain Death Forsaken,” and similar situations.

The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. 

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05/14/2018

New Film on VSED – "Tomorrow Never Knows"

I have blogged about other films depicting patients undergoing VSED. For example, there is "A Dying Wish" with Dr. Michael Miller. A new film "Tomorrow Never Knows" has met with some positive reviews at film festivals. Most notable is this review ...

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05/13/2018

Washington State Hospital Ignores Patient POLST

In 2013, Charles Harris completed a POLST declining CPR. But that wish was not followed on March 26, when Harris' heart stopped beating during surgery to repair a fractured hip at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.

The medical team performed compressions hard enough to crack Harris’ sternum. He was then placed in the ICU against contrary to his instructions.

While there is an ongoing debate about the status of DNR orders during surgery, this hospital had adopted a policy in 2017 requiring surgeons to respect patients’ DNR orders.

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05/12/2018

Brain Death Conflict – Areen Chakrabarti v Children’s Hospital Philadelphia

Here is more television news coverage of the brain death conflict between the mother of Areen Chakrabarti and Children's Hospital Philadelphia.

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05/12/2018

U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit Tosses Challenge to TADA

Several months ago, I blogged about the case of Emily-Jean Aguocha-Ohakweh. His family sued Ben Taub hospital accusing the hospital and the doctors of killing Mr. Ohakweh as part of a conspiracy to deprive him of his constitutional rights.

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the district court properly granted  the Defendants’ motions to dismiss and denied the Ohakwehs’ motions for relief from judgment.

This is not a vindication of TADA. The plaintiffs apparently did not draft a sufficiently clear complaint and lost on procedural grounds.  

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05/11/2018

Thaddeus Pope Opines on Areen Chakrabarti Brain Death Conflict

Here is a clip from NBC News Philadelphia in which I discuss some of the issues in the ongoing trial between the mother of Areen Chakrabarti and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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05/11/2018

What Do International Adoptive Parents Owe their Children’s Birthparents?

by Ann Mongoven, Ph.D. MPH

Another Mother’s Day is here.   Another candle is lit to honor the unknown birthparents of my Chinese-American daughter, adopted as an infant and now a young woman. She aches wondering about her birthparents. I ache being unable to convey the wonder of her to them.

In a chilling scene in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale, the fertile handmaids—whose children have been stolen—become objects of international trade. After an environmental disaster results in widespread sterility, women’s fertility becomes a commodity bartered within a global dystopia. We who read and watch recoil.

Then we clamor off to the soccer games and music recitals of our children, who came to us from the bodies of others in other corners of the globe.…

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05/11/2018

The Most Potent Prescription Ever: Take Time for Yourself, As Directed by Your Doctor

Dr. Norah Neylon was caring for a 50-year-old woman who was overwhelmed with care-giving responsibilities of her own. The woman’s mother was experiencing early signs of dementia. Five of her relatives had died in the past three years. She frequently … Continue reading

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