(Local 21) – It’s been over three years since a brawl at Bloomsburg University left then-freshman Jackie Lithgow fighting for his life. On February 23, 2014, Lithgow was punched once in the back of the head by former Kutztown University football player, Angel Shakiel Cruz. Lithgow was attempting to break up a fight at a fraternity pledge party.
That punch sent Lithgow spiraling into a 15-day coma, followed by six different brain surgeries, a battle with MRSA, and months of in-hospital rehabilitation at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Now, back at Bloomsburg, Lithgow is officially a sophomore, defying the odds with strength fueled by faith.
“I had to relearn how to breath,” says Lithgow. “After I relearned how to breath, I had to relearn how to swallow and how to eat.” CONTINUE
(MRC) - We're living through a time when there seems to be something new and alarming in the news every day. Our media cycle is dominated by the dramatic, and one consequence of this is that alarming events can unfold on the state and local level going unnoticed despite their ultimately national consequences.
One such example is before Oregon's state legislature. First introduced in January, an alarming bill, SB 494, would radically change the meaning of healthcare in that state, with the potential for national ripple effects. SB 494 would put countless medically vulnerable persons at risk of a premature and untimely death, wiping out existing law that mandates food and water access for all patients who can naturally receive nutrition and hydration.
In simple terms, patients who are awake, conscious, and aware could nonetheless be denied food and water—even by cup or spoon. Oregon's SB 494 is radical because it would redefine food and water delivered by such basic means not as “basic and ordinary,” but as a regulated, physician-controlled form of “medical care.” CONTINUE
(Pagal Parrot) – In the Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, a mother-daughter duo is suffering from an unusual disease due to which they are unable to move even a step from their seat.
In order to get rid of this disable life, they both has demanded Euthanasia from the state government. Euthanasia is a mercy killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma, in other words, it is an assisted suicide. 22 years old Anamika lives with her mother Sashi Mishra in Shankracharya area of Yashoda Nagar, Kanpur.
She says she and her mother being diagnosed with a rare disease called muscular dystrophy, a hereditary condition marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. CONTINUE
(MRC) – Sunday night’s episode of Lifetime’s Mary Kills People, “Raised by Wolves,” continued to praise Mary for her lethal mission despite her and her partner’s doubts.
The episode also revealed that Mary helped her mother commit suicide when she was only 16.
In the wake of her ongoing investigation for murder, Mary (Caroline Dhavernas) visits her sister and tells her about her side job.
When her sister, Nicole, looks reasonably shocked, Mary explains, “These people need me okay? No one else will help them. I’m a doctor and it’s medicine.” Of course, Nicole quickly comes around to seeing the apparent good in the service Mary provides. CONTINUE
(Fox News Health) – An Argentinian police officer whose baby was delivered while she was in a coma woke up and held her three-month-old baby for the first time. Her family is calling it a miracle.
Amelia Bannan was nearly six months pregnant when on Nov. 1 she was in a car accident in which she suffered a skull fracture that resulted in a blood clot in her brain. She was hospitalized in a coma and baby Santino was delivered on Christmas Eve.
At 34 weeks gestation, the baby weighed 4.16 pounds and was in good health, family said. CONTINUE
(Hereford Times) – Max Redmond first started thinking about becoming a health professional about 10 years ago as he finished his graphic design, product design and business courses at Worcester Sixth Form College.
Becoming a paramedic was in the back of his mind but he soon took a warehouse job and started enjoying the independence from earning his own money. But the former Tudor Grange pupil’s life took a sudden dramatic turn while out following his passion for motorbike riding.
He was in mid-Wales with a group of his biking enthusiast friends when he was involved in a major accident that was to change his life. He was just 20. While riding through an S bend on a road in Powys, he had to brake suddenly and his bike shot away from under him sending him careering into an oncoming car. He was wedged under the vehicle with serious injuries.
He had been riding since the age of 16 and it was his first crash. It left him with a broken pelvis, shattered left hip, a head injury, broken arm, broken jaw, internal bleeding and ligament damage to his right knee. CONTINUE
(WVEC) - Elizabeth “Liz” Rooney is a multiple traumatic brain injury survivor. “In my life I never knew what it was like to live without a brain injury,” said Rooney.
At the age of 16 months, she fell from the railing of a staircase. Later on in life, she had multiple concussions from numerous sporting injuries, including one time she was pole vaulting and her pole broke.
“My pole broke and I landed on my head in the box area, where you plant the pole between the two mats,” she said. On top of all that, she was also in more than seven different car accidents by the time she was 25.
For years Rooney overlooked the effects of her falls, until she saw the changes they had on her health and cognition. CONTINUE
(KUNR) – Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to "die with dignity." Senate Bill 261 gives doctors the ability to prescribe drugs designed to end the life of a patient with less than six months to live. Supporters call the proposal a blessing for those people left without treatment options. Opponents argue that the measure is a slippery slope that would give doctors permission to kill.
29-year-old Brittany Maynard made national news when she publically announced she would end her own life after being diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor.
Maynard lived in Oregon, the first state to enact physician-assisted suicide laws. At that time, her decision rekindled national debate on whether terminally ill patients should have the right to die on their own terms. Since then, California, Colorado and the District of Columbia has enact “death with dignity” legislation, and soon Nevada could next state to do that. CONTINUE
(AP) -- The parents (pictured above) of a Brazilian boy whose recovery from a severe brain injury is being cited by the Vatican as the "miracle" needed to canonize two Portuguese children broke their silence Thursday to share the story.
Joao Baptista and his wife, Lucila Yurie, appeared before reporters at the Catholic shrine in Fatima, Portugal on the eve of Pope Francis' arrival. Francis will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the so-called Fatima visions of the Virgin Mary by canonizing two of the three Portuguese children who experienced them.
The "miracle" required for the canonization concerns the case of little Lucas Baptista, whose story has to date been shrouded in secrecy. CONTINUE
(LifeNews.com) – Euthanasia advocates are pushing a bill to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in New York state again this year.
Previous efforts to legalize the life-destroying procedure have failed in the state legislature, but euthanasia advocates are persistent.
The AP reports assisted suicide supporters plan to meet with state lawmakers Tuesday to lobby for the bill, which they say will give terminally ill people the option to end their lives whenever they choose.
The bill would allow adults diagnosed with terminal illnesses to request a lethal drug prescription from their doctor to use to commit suicide. Two doctors would have to certify that the patient is terminally ill before the suicide drugs could be prescribed, according to the report. CONTINUE
(Wesley J. Smith/The Corner) - It makes my head hurt. Belgium’s largest region has outlawed kosher and halal slaughter of cows. From the Independent story:
Belgium’s Wallooon region has voted to ban kosher and halal meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals. The environment committee of southern Belgium’s Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the ban, which will take effect on 1 September, 2019.
Both Jewish kosher and Islamic halal rituals require the butcher to swiftly slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining its blood, a process condemned by animal rights campaigners, who argue it is more humane to stun animals before killing them.
As the story notes, the law has been condemned as a direct attack on religious practice. CONTINUE
(Evening Standard) – Tom Kerr, 28, was left lying motionless on the A12 in Romford with a shattered skull after being struck by a car as he got out of a taxi following a night out with friends. The injuries, which almost ended his life, were so severe that doctors feared he faced years of rehabilitation to regain speech and movement and live independently.
But he confounded expectations with a new job and a new house, and in July will wed the “love of his life”, Louise Groom, 27, an occupational therapist who has been his partner for 11 years. She said: “I say it’s a bit of a miracle… It’s just crazy you can go from a situation that was the worst in the world to being really happy and back to normal life. We both want people to know it’s not all bad.
“Bad things happen but there can be positives out of it. Tom has got so much motivation to get back to normal.” CONTINUE
(LifeSiteNews) — The superior of the Brothers of Charity is trying to encourage his Catholic order in Belgium dedicated to looking after the sick and the elderly to reject a decision approving euthanasia for patients, including those under psychiatric care, at their health centers.
Brother Rene Stockman, who is based in Rome, has voiced his grave concern, but so far to no avail. It appears that the order’s board of directors, which is largely made up of non-religious, forced the change in policy to allow the legal injections to be administered at the brothers’ facilities. Brother Stockman has not been willing to offer details.
In lengthy guidelines discreetly distributed in March to all directors and medical practitioners working in their facilities, the Brothers of Charity distanced themselves from absolute rejection of euthanasia for “personalistic” reasons. CONTINUE
(Daily Mail) - A euthanasia campaigner nicknamed Dr Death is selling suicide kits disguised as equipment for home-brewing beer.
Dr Philip Nitschke, who calls for the legalisation of assisted suicide, sells the £257 kit on his brewing company’s website. It can be used for brewing beer but Dr Nitschke has written a guidebook, also available online, that explains how people can use it to take their own lives.
Last night, anti-assisted suicide group Care Not Killing described the sale of the kits as ‘utterly deplorable’, and spokesman Alistair Thompson called for the police to investigate Dr Nitschke. CONTINUE
(WTVR) – On a casual spring outing to Short Pump Park, Ben Toderico, his wife Denise Gorondy, and their sons Gavin and Conac resemble every other happy family at the park. But the past year has been far from joyful for the family.
"It's a life changing event, everything is different," Toderico said at an interview at the family's Hanover home. On June 5, 2016, Denise Gorondy, a veterinarian and co-owner of Three Oaks Equine Veterinary Services in Goochland, left the couple's home for a run.
"I've been running that route three or four times a week for 13 years," Gorondy said. She had only gone about a mile, when an SUV crossed a double yellow line and hit her from behind. CONTINUE
(mrc News Busters) – Reminiscent of Scandal’s 2015 winter finale episode, which showed an abortion set to the song “Silent Night,” the second episode of Lifetime’s Mary Kills People, “The River Styx,” had Mary end someone’s life to Sarah McLachlan’s “Full of Grace.”
On Sunday night’s episode, the 15-year-old son of a woman suffering from ALS holds life-ending “nurse” Mary Harris’s (Caroline Dhavernas) partner, Des (Richard Short) at gunpoint. The son, Charlie, demands that Des and Mary kill his sick mother.
When Mary finally shows up to deliver the life-ending drug, Charlie plays his mom’s favorite song, “Full of Grace,” while Mary injects her. CONTINUE
(Daily Camera News) – Susi Devrient's goal for this year's Bolder Boulder 10K is to run and not lose pace to the end. While that may not sound unusually challenging, consider that three years and 11 months ago doctors said she would never wake from a coma, much less be crossing the finish line at Folsom Field.
In 2013, Devrient suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when a driver parking his car literally ran her over. It was one of the most harrowing incidents involving a driver hitting a pedestrian in Boulder County, one of the first responders said, and no one at the scene imagined that today she would be alive or enjoying such a high quality of life.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, and is a major cause of disability and death nationwide, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergency rooms and hospitals report a general increase of cases over the last decade, with 2.8 million TBI-related ER visits, hospitalizations and deaths occurring in 2013 — the most recent year for which statistics are available.
Survivors report multiple long-lasting effects, such as memory loss, impaired vision, hearing or speech, lack of hand-eye coordination, poor balance, fatigue and emotional changes, notably depression. CONTINUE
(LifeSiteNews) – A disabled Virginia woman who was being starved at a nursing home there is now getting food and water, but her family and attorneys are sounding the alarm because she is still at risk and not receiving adequate care.
Yolanda Bell, sister of Anastasia Adams, contacted Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) on behalf of Adams.
Adams was denied treatment for a blood clot and had her guardianship filched away before she was then clandestinely taken to an undisclosed facility. After several questionable injuries in a short time there, Adams was moved back to the hospital and put into hospice care, where she had been denied nutrition. Treatment is still being withheld.
“The family is Catholic and Anastasia has communicated that she wants to live,” said LLDF Executive Director Alexandra Snyder. “Anastasia does not have a terminal disease — the hospital is simply refusing to treat her and instead wants to put her to death.” CONTINUE
(ChurchMilitant.com) - A bill in Oregon's senate is crafted to allow mentally ill patients to be starved to death.
Oregon law mandates that healthcare providers give food and water to all conscious patients, who can receive it naturally such as by spoon feeding. SB 494, which is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would remove this mandate for patients suffering from dementia and other mental illnesses.
Gayle Atterberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, remarked, "Nursing homes and other organizations dedicated to protecting vulnerable patients work hard to make sure patients receive the food and water they need. Senate Bill 494, pushed hard by the insurance lobby, would take patient care a step backwards and decimate patient rights." CONTINUE
(fsutorch) – Ask Noah Maxson or any of his friends or family members if they believe in miracles and the answer will be a resounding yes.
Sunday, Feb. 5, Noah Maxson, 19, a freshman in the criminal justice program at Ferris, was driving to his family’s home in White Cloud after attending church at Trinity Fellowship in Big Rapids. While driving on a dirt road, he lost control of his truck on the ice and collided with a tree. During the collision, his head hit and shattered the driver side window.
“Firsthand, I think the only thing I remember is going into the Shell gas station after going to church,” Noah said. “I had parked two gas pumps to the left of a guy that I knew. I talked to him for a little bit before we both had to go.
I don’t even know which way I left the gas station. I don’t remember going to church. I don’t remember seeing people there.” CONTINUE
(The Corner) – I did a radio interview yesterday warning that I expected Canada to, one day, allow euthanasia as a “treatment” for serious mental illness.
Today, I find out it already happened. A court apparently allowed a mentally ill woman to be euthanized. From the CTV story:
In the case of E.F., court documents show the 58-year-old woman told the court she was “suffering intolerable pain and physical discomfort,” and “that her symptoms were irremediable.”
She said she suffered from muscle spasms, digestive problems, immobility and periods of insomnia. She said she was exhausted from her suffering, as well as depressed and fully mentally competent yet unable over eight years to find any effective treatment. CONTINUE
(Live Action) – A heartbreaking op-ed published in the Australian edition of the “Huffington Post” claims that the author’s mother, Elayn, should not have died by suicide. The answer to the predicament, according to author Nikki Gemmell, is euthanasia. Gemmell argues that if euthanasia had been available in Australia, her mother’s suicide could have been prevented.
“Elayn had had painful feet for years, after a childhood of ballet classes and decades of wearing the most fashionable high heels,” Gemmell explained. “It all came back to haunt her in her seventies. A year before she died she had an operation to fix her foot agony. It made the situation worse, much worse.” Elayn was in so much pain that she had to rely on a walking stick and could no longer drive; she had lost much of her independence.
“She was facing a future of pain, stuck in her flat and relying on all the madly busy people around her with their crazy-busy lives. She was terrified of ending up in a nursing home. Of losing control of her life,” Gemmell wrote. CONTINUE
(Brad Mattes/Life Issues Institute) – Physician assisted suicide legislation has been making the news recently. Legalized euthanasia in Canada, Netherlands, Belgium and other European nations have also generated headlines.
However, a silent, rampant killer is intentionally claiming lives of far more patients each day in America’s medical facilities.
This quiet, legal killer is taking the lives more Americans than all the assisted suicide deaths combined. It’s the withdrawal of food and water from patients whose lives are deemed “futile” by hospitals, nursing homes and hospices throughout the nation.
Food and water delivered by tube instead of mouth was once deemed “basic and ordinary care” but is now viewed as “extraordinary medical treatment.” Further, it’s legal in all 50 states to withhold food and water when it will directly result in the death of a patient. CONTINUE
(Technically Delaware) – On October 2, 2010, the lives of Corey Beattie and those close to her changed forever. Beattie, an aspiring chef, was involved in a serious car accident, which left her with a traumatic brain injury.
As a way of coping with the tragedy, good family friend and Philadelphia filmmaker Jonathan Ristaino came up with the idea to document Beattie’s progress and follow her journey.
Ristaino began filming Beattie in 2012. After five years of ups, downs, triumphs, and tribulations, he will screen his finished piece, Brain Crumbs, on April 22 at Penn Cinema in Wilmington. CONTINUE
(The Corner) – Euthanasia/assisted suicide is NOT about terminal illness. The issue is about normalizing killing as a response to human suffering.
Sure, the initial sales pitch would restrict doctor-administered or prescribed death to the dying. But that’s just to get people comfortable with the concept. Once a society accepts the principle, logic quickly takes it to a broad euthanasia license.
Canada is a prime example. Before the Supreme Court imposed a national euthanasia right on the country, the debate was all about terminal illness. But now that euthanasia is the law throughout the country, the push is on to allow doctors to kill the mentally ill who ask to die. CONTINUE