A teenage girl in a coma after a catastrophic car crash came round just as doctors were about to declare her brain dead. Carina Melchior had had life support withdrawn on the advice of medics and was being prepared for organ donation. But to the astonishment of staff at the Aarhus Hospital, in Denmark, the 19-year-old suddenly opened her eyes and started moving her legs. She is now making a good recovery at a rehabilitation centre and is able to walk, talk and even ride her horse Mathilde.
'''Those bandits in white coats gave up too quickly because they wanted an organ donor,' her father Kim told the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.'' - article. Exactly. If she hadn't moved they would have harvested the organs of a living human being.
Question: Are "brain dead" people really dead? We used to say you were dead when your heart stopped and you stopped breathing. We invented brain death for the purpose of harvesting organs. Sometimes this is probably good if the person is really unconscious (how do we know?) and soon dying and their organs can help someone else. But there are a number of cases like this when people who have been declared brain dead or the looser "persistent vegitative state" unexpectedly revive. the problem is compounded when those making the decision to pull the plug have an interest in getting the organs, or the inheritance. or the freedom to marry someone else, or to help the hospital budget..
I took my donor notice off my driver's license because I don't trust Obama's government or his government-approved doctors and death panels. I've told my husband and kids that if, like the Wicked Witch, I'm really most sincerely dead, they can do whatever they like with my organs. It's just not a decision I'm willing to blindly turn over to bureaucrats.
For those with the patience to read a really good book, "Cutting for Stone" has a rather caustic analysis of the transplant organ market, although you have to read 600 pages or so before you get to it.
For months Mrs C (a medical type) read to a lady who was brain dead. She spoke to her, sang to her and even fixed her hair. Then one day the lady woke up. She remembered it all. It was a bit of an eye opener, so to speak.
Katie Couric is set to quit her troubled chat show little more than a year after its launch on ABC, MailOnline can reveal. The 56-year-old news veteran had wanted to see out her vision for the series - but will announce a new interview show with Yahoo in the next few days. And despite the fact her eponymous show, Katie, enjoyed a five-week ratings high last month, a source confirmed her show is poised to end on ABC at the end of its second season. Today, a source confirmed Katie was in ´ongoing negotiations with Yahoo adding: ´There´s a very
DENVER - Amendment 66, the K-12 education funding measure, has failed in Colorado. Even in Democratic strongholds of Boulder and Denver counties, the measure was failing or barely even. Amendment 66 constitutionally and statutorily would alter Colorado law to change how the state funds education. Firstly, it raises the state individual income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent on the first $75,000 of taxable income. That is equivalent to $472.5 if you earn exactly $75,000 in taxable income per year. If you earn more, any income beyond the $75,000 is taxed at a rate of 5.9 percent.
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New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
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When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
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