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Getting Ready to Pull the Plug and Then ... a Wiggling Toe

Doctors were about to switch off Sam Hemming's life support for the final time

(Newser) - A chance glance and a big toe saved a 22-year-old woman's life in the UK, the London Times reports. Sam Hemming, a law school graduate of North Wales' Bangor University, was being driven home to Hereford by her boyfriend, Tom Curtis, in July when they got into an accident,... More »

After Months of Fighting, Toddler Abruptly Taken Off Life Support

'He's gone,' says mom

(Newser) - Israel Stinson, 2, had a bad asthma attack on April 1, went into cardiac arrest, and was declared brain-dead at UC Davis Medical Center. Nearly five months of legal battling ensued, as the California toddler's parents—who did not agree with the prognosis—fought to keep him on life... More »

Parents Get Last Visit Before Abused Baby's Death

5-month-old Dinah Paige Whited was taken off life support Monday

(Newser) - The incarcerated Georgia parents of a badly abused infant were given permission by a judge to visit her before she was taken off life-support. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the process began just after noon on Monday and 5-month-old Dinah Paige Whited was pronounced dead at 3:09pm. She had... More »

A Baby Was Just Born to Mom Brain-Dead Since Feb.

Delivered by C-section at 32 weeks, the healthy boy weighs 5 pounds 3 ounces

(Newser) - When a pregnant woman was declared brain-dead after a brain hemorrhage in Portugal in February, the hospital determined her fetus to be alive and well and the father decided to try to keep his wife on life support long enough to allow for at least the possibility of the baby'... More »

Mom, Brain-Dead for 55 Days, Delivers Baby Boy

The mother was pronounced dead shortly after the birth of her son at 26 weeks

(Newser) - A father has taken his infant son home from the hospital—three months after the child was born to a woman who'd been brain-dead for 55 days. According to Sky News , the pregnant 41-year-old had refused treatment for cancer so as not to harm the fetus, though the BBC... More »

In Final Heroic Act, Man Donates Organs to Fellow Vets

In the final moments of Army veteran Matthew Whalen's life, a tribute

(Newser) - As Army veteran Matthew Whalen was wheeled down the halls of Plaza Fort Worth Medical Center in Texas in his final moments on Monday, current and former service members stood at attention in an emotional tribute. His wife, fellow veteran Hannah Whalen, said her final and tearful "I love... More »

Baby's Delivery First of Its Kind in US Since 1999

Karla Perez was kept on life support for 8 weeks to birth baby

(Newser) - When Karla Perez developed a terrible headache 22 weeks into her pregnancy on Feb. 8, she thought a nap might cure it. But the 22-year-old later collapsed and was taken to Nebraska's Methodist Women's Hospital where doctors discovered she had suffered a brain hemorrhage that left her clinically... More »

Hours Before Family to Pull Plug, Woman Wakes From Coma

Teri Roberts had been in coma for 12 days

(Newser) - "About four hours before we took her off life-support," son Ryan Roberts says, his mom awoke from a 12-day coma. Teri Roberts, 56, went into a coma in December after getting a rare skin bacteria that led to toxic shock syndrome. Her family, devastated at the apparently impending... More »

'Dead' Pregnant Woman Can Be Allowed to Die: Court

Ireland's High Court tells doctors they may withdraw life support in controversial case

(Newser) - Ireland's High Court decided today that life support can be withdrawn from a pregnant woman who is clinically dead. Doctors in the controversial case recently asked the court for such a decision after determining the fetus is "doomed," and today the court agreed, with the justice who... More »

Scientists Able to ID 'Aware' Vegetative Patients

Cambridge study finds 'signs of hidden awareness' in unresponsive patients

(Newser) - A new study offers a potential way to identify comatose patients who might be "covertly aware." University of Cambridge researchers studied the brain waves of 32 coma patients—including "minimally conscious" patients who could, say, squeeze a finger on command; "vegetative" patients who were unmoving; and... More »

Joan Rivers 'Remains on Life Support': Daughter

Melissa Rivers posts update on Facebook

(Newser) - Joan Rivers is still on life support, her daughter says on Facebook , per the Wire . "I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers," Melissa Rivers notes. Family and friends are with... More »

Joan Rivers on Life Support: Report

Comedian 'completely reliant' on machines to stay alive: sources

(Newser) - Joan Rivers is on life support and sources are telling TMZ that the 81-year-old is "completely reliant" on machines to stay alive. Rivers was initially put in a medically induced coma, and daughter Melissa Rivers described her as "resting comfortably ." Sources say the family "remains hopeful"... More »

Casey Kasem's Kids Pulling Life Support

Nutrition, fluids, just putting him in more pain, they say

(Newser) - Casey Kasem's children have decided to remove life support for their father, allowing him to die at a hospice facility in Washington state with them by his side. They tell TMZ Kasem's health directive document says that he does not want "life-sustaining procedures, including nutrition and hydration,... More »

Pregnant, Brain-Dead Canadian on Life Support

Unborn baby has good chance of survival

(Newser) - Around a month from now, Dylan Benson of Victoria, BC, will lose his wife and—hopefully—gain a son on the same day. Wife Robyn was declared brain dead after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage at the end of December; she had complained of a headache then collapsed at home. She... More »

Hospital Pulls Life Support for Brain-Dead Woman

It had til 5pm tomorrow to end care for Marlise Munoz or appeal

(Newser) - The Texas hospital that has kept a brain-dead pregnant woman alive against her family's wishes has complied with Friday's court ruling to end life support for Marlise Munoz, lawyers for her family confirm. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth said earlier today in a statement that its... More »

Fetus in Texas Life Support Case 'Distinctly Abnormal'

Lawyers say they have medical records to that end

(Newser) - The 22-week-old fetus of the pregnant Texas woman being kept on life support against her wishes is "distinctly abnormal," lawyers for Marlise Munoz 's family say. The attorneys say they have medical records showing as much, and want to clear up any "misconceptions about the condition... More »

Man Sues to Take Pregnant Wife Off Life Support

Marlise Munoz is brain-dead; health of fetus is unknown

(Newser) - Erick Munoz, whose pregnant wife is brain-dead but being kept on life support against her and her family's wishes, is suing John Peter Smith Hospital in Texas. The lawsuit asks that a judge order the Fort Worth facility to remove life support for Marlise Munoz; the hospital has refused... More »

Judge to Hospital: Keep Brain-Dead Teen Alive

Jahi McMath's family wants her moved to New York facility

(Newser) - A judge today extended Jahi McMath's lifeline by ordering an Oakland hospital to keep her on breathing support until January 7 at 5pm, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The latest volley in the emotional battle over the brain-dead 13-year-old came as her family said another facility would accept... More »

Judge: Life Support Can End for Brain-Dead Girl

But Jahi McMath's family has til Dec. 30 to appeal

(Newser) - A California judge has joined with doctors in declaring 13-year-old Jahi McMath legally brain dead in a tonsillectomy gone horrifically wrong , and ordered that she be taken off life support. The main takeaway from today's ruling, as per the AP : Jahi's family has until 5pm on Monday to... More »

Man Chooses to Die Day After Accident

Tim Bowers was paralyzed from shoulders down while deer hunting

(Newser) - An Indiana man who loved the outdoors chose not to continue life support after learning that he would never walk again and might be on a ventilator for the rest of his life. Tim Bowers, 32, was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after falling 16 feet from a tree... More »

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