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Last fall, Haleigh was hospitalized after her stepfather allegedly burned her and beat her nearly to death with a baseball bat. Haleigh, in a coma, was kept alive by a feeding tube and ventilator. Doctors said she was “virtually brain dead” — in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery.
The Massachusetts Department of Social Services wanted to remove Haleigh’s feeding and breathing tubes.***
The only person who wanted Haleigh alive was her stepfather, who will likely be charged with murder if Haleigh dies.
Two days ago, Massachusetts’ Supreme Court ruled against Haleigh’s stepfather, saying it was ”unthinkable” to give the power to make a life-and-death decision to the man accused of putting Haleigh in a coma. “Court: State can let beaten girl die,” the headlines trumpeted.
Just one small complication for all of those who, for whatever reason, were in such a rush to “let Haleigh die:”
Haleigh wants to live.***
Everyone had given up on Haleigh–except Haleigh.
This is a huge story, a wake-up call to “right-to-die” ideologues who recklessly put such unlimited trust in the medical profession and Nanny State. The same government bureaucrats and doctors who had conclusively deemed the 11-year-old girl “hopeless” and her vegetative state “irreversible” now tell us she is responding to stimuli and breathing on her own.
They were wrong.
Next, look for The Professionals to tell us that despite her improvements, her “quality of life” will be worthless. We already know how they feel about people with feeding tubes.
No, I did not make up the “Haleigh wants to live” part. I just made it bigger so you couldn’t miss it. Love the Schiavo tie-in at the end there, too.