Human Exceptionalism

Reprieve for Baby Emilio

Ah, the power of good lawyers and public scrutiny. After going to court, attorney Jerri Ward, attorney for Baby Emilio’s mother, just informed me that the Children’s Hospital of Austin has agreed not to remove life support until April 10. And good for the people at the hospital for being flexible enough to continue to try and work these matters out. But note this quote from a committee member:“This care is medically inappropriate,” said committee member Michael Regier. “The aggressive care that this infant is receiving is causing suffering, harm to the infant and without clinical benefit, and that should be discontinued.”

Note that Mr. Regier is essentially claiming that continuing to live is not a clinical benefit. That turns the ultimate purpose of medicine on its head.

The Texas Futile Care law must go.

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