Also see: Texas
“Wrongful Death & Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Filed In Michael Hickson Case”
(Not Dead Yet — June 11, 2021)
Despite the absence of an irreversible or terminal condition, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center (SDMC) physicians deprived Mr. Michael Hickson, a 46-year-old black man with multiple disabilities, of all life-sustaining treatment including artificial nutrition and hydration for six days resulting in his death.
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“The Deadly ‘Quality of Life’ Ethic”
(First Things — July 6, 2020)
Something evil happened recently in Austin. Michael Hickson, a forty-six-year-old African-American man with quadriplegia and a serious brain injury, was refused treatment at St. David Hospital South Austin while ill of CVI-19.
“Local man fights against Texas law to keep wife alive”
(Click2Houston — May 8, 2019)
A woman recovering from a stroke at a local hospital has less than one week to be transferred to a new facility or faces death….It’s a decision made by her doctors, as well as the hospital’s medical ethics committee — and it’s legal under Texas law.
Texas legislative proposal (SB 2089) would protect the lives of patients from unilateral decisions to remove all life support from patients who want to continue to live.
“Hospitals Pulling the Plug against Families’ Wishes”
(Townhall — April 25, 2018)
Who decides whether your sick child lives or dies?
Alfie [Evans] isn’t the first child sentenced to die by a British hospital…
Can it happen in the U.S.? You bet. It depends on what state you live in.
Virginia Passes Futile Care Law
SB 222 and HB 226 have passed.
The legislation gives health care providers the right to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment without consent or even against the wishes of the patient or the patient’s designated decision maker.
The new law is virtually identical to the futile care policies and law in Texas with one exception. The Virginia law gives families the right to a court review.
“Life-sustaining treatment” is defined as “any ongoing health care that utilizes mechanical or other artificial means to sustain, restore, or supplant a spontaneous vital function, including hydration, nutrition, maintenance medication, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.” (§ 54.1-2990)
“Extreme and Outrageous End-of-Life Communication — Beyond the Bounds of Common Decency”
(Medical Futility Blog — February 2017)
“Keeping Patient Alive Can Be ‘Non-Beneficial Treatment'”
(National Review — June 29, 2016)
“Whose Life Is It Anyway”
(National Review — June 3, 2013)
“Supporters of TX ‘Futile Care’ Law Continue to Maintain the Status Quo”
(Not Dead Yet — May 10, 2011)