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, “comfort care” is routinely imposed on disabled, but otherwise healthy, people — without their consent.  

 Joshua Barras suffered a brain injury over two years ago after a tragic, drug-induced, suicide attempt. He is responsive and can be seen smiling and even singing in videos. He can breathe on his own and is not on a ventilator, but he does require a feeding tube for nutrition and hydration. He is in excellent health and is being cared for in a long-term home for people with brain injuries. 

Still, his wife insists that he be made dead. Last month we were successful in obtaining a court order mandating that Joshua continue to receive the care he needs, including food and water.  

Joshua’s wife is on a mission to end his life. She even appeared on the Dr. Phil show to make the case for killing her husband. What she forgot to mention is that she and Joshua were going through a divorce at the time of his injury and that she is in another relationship.  

Joshua’s mother, Kelly Barras, reached out to Bobby Schindler, sister of Terri Schiavo and President/Founder of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network. Bobby called Life Legal for help and we contacted a local attorney who is representing Kelly.  

Pope John Paul II addressed the provision of nutrition and hydration to people with brain injuries individuals in response to efforts by Terri Schiavo’s husband to dehydrate and starve her to death. Pope John Paul II made it clear that “the administration of water and food, even when provided by artificial means, always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act,” and emphasized that food and water is ordinary care, “and as such morally obligatory…” 

This teaching has been reaffirmed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

It is unfathomable that 16 years after the horrific killing of Terri Schiavo a young man like Joshua Barras could be targeted for death solely because of his disability. In any other context, death by dehydration and starvation is a crime against humanity. 

We strongly encourage people to execute an advance directive to express their wishes regarding medical care and treatment in the event they become incapacitated. Life Legal provides guidance on advance health care directives here

The next hearing in this case is on May 17, 2021. Please pray that the judge extends the court order and allows Joshua’s mother to make health care decisions on behalf of her son.  

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  2. I’m not sure I have the words to explain how this situation makes me feel. I happen to find this story just last night on TikTok with a video from his wife.. I was on the computer for hours afterwards reading all I could possibly find about the situation! I am a total stranger to all involved however we are ALL HUMAN! Yes, I totally understand Josh made an attempt to end his own life and that is between him and our Good Lord above…ABSOLUTELY no one else can decide when we take our last breath! I also understand that Josh’s quality of LIFE isn’t as it once was but the key word is LIFE..he’s ALIVE..breathing on his own! Who is anyone do decide to “give him the peace he was looking for” when clearly God decided it’s not time for Josh to be called home…a vow was given to this man as he did for Megan..to care for each other in sickness and in health..for better or worse…and forsake all others..I could go on and on as I am the person who took care of my then ex-husband after being apart for 15+ years when he suffered a traumatic brain injury. The doctors gave the family no hope of survival and we always told them..Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do but he definitely has a higher physician above. Long story short. He survived and list the use of both legs and his left arm. He had bad days as he had to learn the things of feeding himself, dress himself, days of the week, writing his own name again. Somedays he had no idea where he was cause in his mind he was somewhere different other than the rehab facility..still not once did his family consider taking his life..we were all so thankful to still have him here with us regardless of his condition! Joshua, I’m praying for you!! There is power in prayer!

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