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“Brain dead” Northern Territory woman recovers after husband refuses to withdraw life support.
56 year old Gloria Cruz was rushed to Royal Darwin Hospital in NT Australia after having a stroke in her sleep (March 2011). A CAT scan revealed she was most likely suffering from a brain tumour, so she underwent surgery.
Soon after the operation her husband, Tani, was shocked by her appearance. He told Northern Territory News that:
I couldn’t believe that I was looking at the woman I have loved for 27 years... Her face was swollen. Her hair was gone. Tubes were inserted in her mouth ... in the top of her head ... in her hands. She was lying almost lifelessly.
The doctors thought her situation “hopeless” and declared her “brain dead”. They told Tani that Gloria would die within 48 hours and recommended that the ventilator keeping her alive be turned off.
Tani begged doctors not to switch off her life support. A doctor, a social worker and a “patient advocate” rang him and again urged him to remove the ventilator and let her die. After two weeks Tani finally gave in to their demands but insisted that a breathing tube be inserted into Gloria’s mouth so that she could continue breathing on her own.
Just three days later, Gloria revived, awoke from her coma and was getting around Royal Darwin Hospital in a wheelchair. This was two months after doctors declared her dead. A doctor admitted that his prognosis was “wrong”. He reports that she is alert, mobile and on her way to recovery (May 2011).
Fortunately, Gloria’s husband resisted pressure from doctors & insisted on life support for 2 weeks. Life Site News reports that an increasing number of experts have begun calling into question the “brain death” criteria for determining death. They argue that “brain death” is an arbitrary set of criteria developed largely to ensure the usability of organs harvested from such patients, as well as to decrease the medical costs involved in keeping “brain dead” patients alive on life support.
(From “‘Brain dead’ woman recovers after husband refuses to withdraw life support” by Christine Dhanagom at LifeSiteNews.com. Viewed Dec 7, 2011 at http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/brain-dead-woman-recovers-after-husband-refuses-to-withdraw-life-support/ )
(plus “Stroke victim's miracle survival” by Nigel Adlam at ntnews.com.au. Viewed Dec 7, 2011 at http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2011/05/11/231531_ntnews.html )
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