End-of-Life Care Considerations

VICTORY:  Pastor ESCAPES facility that meant to terminate him…

Life Legal attorneys have been in court over the past two weeks on behalf of Rev. Samuel*, a California pastor who was declared “brain dead” by doctors. The hospital had refused to perform a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, which resulted in a serious brain injury. Two weeks before the hospital did the brain …

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Life Legal holds the line against CRUEL, KILL-CRAZY SPOUSE…!

Three years ago Joshua Barras suffered a brain injury that left him disabled. Now his wife Maegan wants to kill him by removing his feeding tube. Life Legal is representing Kelly Barras, Josh’s mother.    Tragically, Josh has not received the rehabilitative therapy he needs, even though Maegan has launched several online fundraisers ostensibly for his treatment. Josh and Maegan were in …

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“I SAVED A GUY’S LIFE”

These were the first words that came from a Life Legal affiliate attorney when I called to ask him how the case was going. The attorney had gone to court to represent Lisa*, whose father Robert* was about to be intentionally dehydrated and starved to death.   Lisa has been caring for her father for 14 years. Robert suffers from dementia, but still recognizes his daughter …

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Court-appointed KILLERS call themselves “GUARDIANS….”

Caroline* called us after her mother’s care was taken over by a court-appointed guardian. The guardian does not know the family and has never visited the woman – yet she can liquidate the woman’s assets, enter into contracts on her behalf, determine where she will live, and make life and death decisions about her health care.  Last …

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Disabled Man Targeted for Torturous Death…!

The wife of a brain-injured man in Louisiana is determined to dehydrate him to death by removing his nutrition and hydration.   The euphemism for this barbaric treatment is “comfort care.” It used to be reserved for true end-of-life situations where a person with a terminal illness had only hours to live and could no longer assimilate food and water.  Today, however, …

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Organ Harvesting – From Living Victims…

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?” —Edgar Allan Poe   Recently, I shared with you our concern about the state of organ harvesting in American hospitals. I told you about the trend among some bioethics experts to …

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Coming Soon Near You: Live Organ Donation

April has been designated as National Donate Life Month and we at Life Legal want to take this opportunity to let you know about concerns we have with organ donor registries, namely premature organ harvesting of live patients who are unable to advocate for themselves.  It all starts with brain death.  The concept of “brain death” was created in the 1968 based on the assumption …

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From the Executive Director: When Life Needs a Healing Hand

In the late 1990s, LLDF became involved with its first of many cases in which health care providers attempted to remove food and fluids from a cognitively disabled patient, Robert Wendland. If not for the timely and effective legal intervention of his sister and mother, Robert’s caregivers would have followed Robert’s wife’s direction to dehydrate …

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How Many Experts Does It Take to Advise a Dying Patient?

Wesley  J. Smith Back when the mess that is Obamacare was working its way through the legislative sausage factory, warnings about “death panels” almost derailed the entire enterprise. There were two, somewhat related, areas of concern: (1) that Obamacare’s many cost/benefit bureaucratic boards would lead to explicit health care rationing; and (2) that doctors paid …

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