Owlish Mutterings
3/22/2005
 
Grand Rounds
Instapundit linked to the Grand Rounds. On the lighter side we have the heroic efforts to separate conjoined quintuplets. [ie, Peeps]. On the more serious side we have several people writing about Terri. Bioethics Discussion Blog notes the ethical dimensions, on several posts. CodeBlueBlog looks at the CT scan I saw earlier, notes that there is some cortex left, and has some questions:

I HAVE SEEN MANY WALKING, TALKING, FAIRLY COHERENT PEOPLE WITH WORSE CEREBRAL/CORTICAL ATROPHY. THEREFORE, THIS IS IN NO WAY PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE THAT TERRI SCHIAVO'S MENTAL ABILITIES OR/OR CAPABILITIES ARE COMPLETELY ERADICATED. I CANNOT BELIEVE SUCH TESTIMONY HAS BEEN GIVEN ON THE BASIS OF THIS SCAN.

The worrisome, no alarming thing, for me, was that I heard a bioethicist and several important figures on the major media describe Terri's brain as MUCH WORSE. One "expert" said that she had a "bag of water" in her head. Several experts described her as a "brain stem preparation"

These statements are wholly inaccurate. This is an atrophied brain, yes, but there is cortex remaining, and where there's cortex (?life) there's hope.


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