Baby Angel, Born to Brain-Dead Mom, Comes Home from Hospital (2015)

[Comment: Ironically, when the Texas Marlise Munoz case involving a pregnant mother judged “brain dead” happened just prior to Baby Angel, the media was very supportive of removing life support despite Texas law on life support for pregnant women. The mainstream media also reported how the family talked about the deterioration of the mother’s body with the “smell of death” and, later, the “deformed” baby. In Baby Angel’s case here, the opposite decision was made and after almost 2 months, Baby Angel was born alive. N. Valko RN] Back in April, NRL News Today reported on the miraculous birth of little Angel Perez, whose mom Karla Perez, had collapsed at home in Waterloo, Nebraska in early February after complaining of a bad headache. Tragically, Ms. Perez was diagnosed with an intracranial hemorrhage–a severe brain bleed–and doctors determined that the 22-year-old mother was brain-dead. But the family wanted everything possible done to save Angel, who was 22 weeks old at the time. Thanks to the dedication of over 100 doctors and nurses, Angel was born April 4 weighing a little under three pounds, 54 days after his mother had been declared brain-dead. Tuesday Angel, now four pounds heavier, was released from Methodist Women’s Hospital. Methodist Hospital spokesperson Claudia Bohn said in an update, “He is now over 6 pounds and I’m told is a good little eater!” Perez was 22 weeks pregnant at the time of her hemorrhage. During the course of the next seven weeks, more than 100 doctors and nurses would monitor Angel’s growth. Angel continued to grow until April 4 when his mother’s body began to shut...

Kentucky Authorizes Euthanasia (2005)

KY Supreme Court decided that families of “permanently unconscious” patients may have their lives ended by removing their life support, even if a person had not declared a desire for this to happen. Persons in “persistent vegetative state” (still very open to interpretation) or when “inevitable death is expected by reasonable medical judgment within a few days” may be removed from “life support” without a court order unless there is “family disagreement”. [Dr. Willke, Rt to Life Greater Cincinnati,...

Sleeping Pill Awakens ‘PVS’ Patients (2006)

Sleeping Drug Broke Man’s 3-Year Coma A 28-year-old South African man who has been comatose since an accident three years ago is able to wake up with the unlikely help of a sleeping medication… Louis Viljoen was hit by a truck on a highway in 2003, and has been in a persistent vegetative state since with massive head injuries. The Daily Mirror reported he recently became restless, and Dr. Wally Nel prescribed the common drug Zolpidem to calm him down. Instead, Viljoen’s eyes fluttered and he awoke. The report said his brain function is improving slowly, and he is given half a dose of Zolpiden in the morning and again at noon to keep him awake for eight hours a day before he lapses back into a coma. Nel said Viljoen talks and recognizes friends, but doesn’t understand why he is hospitalized. In July, the British firm ReGen Therapeutics will begin six months of clinical trials on 30 coma patients to see if the drug works on them too, the Mirror said. [http://www.physorg.com/news68372093.html, N Valko RN, 2 June06]   Sleeping Pill Awakens ‘PVS’ Patients As reported earlier, a South African man thought to be in PVS for 3 years, was prescribed a sleeping pill to calm him down. Within 25 minutes of receiving the pill, the man awoke and began talking. Louis’ case was one of 3 such cases reported in the May 2006 issue of the medical journal NeuroRehabilitation. All 3 cases involved males around age 30 who had been in ‘PVS’ at least 3 years. All were given daily doses of Zolpidem (brand name Ambien) twice each...

Woman Woke from Coma (2007)

After two weeks and no change Ryan Finley took his wife Jill off life support and suddenly she awoke. Imagine being 31 years old and having to make the agonizing decision to discontinue the life-support keeping your comatose spouse alive. Now imagine that spouse waking up and asking for Mexican food. “It’s crazy. It’s absolutely crazy,” Jill Finley, the woman who was supposed to die, told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira during an interview Monday. “It is truly a miracle that I’m here talking to you today.” On the morning of Saturday, May 26, Jill’s husband, Ryan Finley, tried to wake her up and found her unresponsive. The couple would learn later that Jill had a congenital condition that had caused her heart to stop. When Ryan realized she wasn’t breathing, he reached back 10 years to a CPR course he had taken, dragged her out of bed and onto the floor, and started to apply those never-used lessons. He called 911 and continued to work on his lifeless wife until paramedics arrived and shocked her heart back to life. They rushed her to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, where the medical staff put her on a respirator and dressed her in a special suit that lowered her body temperature to attempt to minimize damage to her brain caused by lack of oxygen. She was alive in that she was breathing and her heart was beating, but she was in a deep coma. Ryan, a plumbing contractor in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, stayed by her side, reading the Bible to her and sometimes lying on the bed next to...