This situation has so many horrific things going on it's staggering.
The medical ethics in this case are completely non-existent. While I work for a medical technology company who's products improve someone's life every 6 seconds, this sort of… abuse of medical ethics makes my skin crawl. We now have the ability to mechanically keep patients alive – but should we? At all costs?
As someone who's suffered the very real possibility of being a vegetable, I think I'm uniquely qualified to render an informed opinion. I would say no, even being one of the miracles who did recover, survive and thrive.
Where were the doctors in all of this? A physician's responsibility is to act in the bests interests of *their patient*. How the hell is keeping this poor little body breathing in Sun's best interest? They have a responsibility to critically explore all of the options for and results of treatments and challenge the decisions of the caregivers if they violate those best interests. What happened to doctors with the requisite cojones? *sigh* I suppose it's easier to let others dictate the appropriate course of medical care if there's any possibility of *gasp* legal ramifications.
Then there's the mother in this case. Obviously parents hold the right to make decisions regarding medical treatment and extraordinary measures for their infants, but these rights are *not* unlimited. Standard medical ethics dictate a strong presumption that parents are in fact acting in the best interest of their infant. Obviously that is not the case here. This woman is nothing better than a delusional crack whore who shouldn't be let out of an institution, let alone be allowed to make decisions of this magnitude.
Finally, we come to the courts. What the *fuck* was the Court of Appeals thinking? *shakes head* It's just another display of the era of fear we live in. I'm definitely going to have to do some more research into this particular action.
Big Brother is insidious. The scariest part is that we are becoming inured to the slow encroachment of this sort of thing. This school wanted, in effect, to put radio tracking collars on the kids. The same sort of technology used to track prisoners and people on home arrest. Because they were to lazy to take attendance?? The most frightening part for me is that there were parents who 'favored' the plan *shudder*
lawsuits & global responsibility
So some 'victims' of the tsunami are suing have filed a lawsuit in Vienna against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Yes, *our* NOAA. The place I used to work, right here in town.
They are trying to say 'we' (the US) are culpable because we didn't 'warn' them. Well, as a matter of fact, NOAA's tsunami warning center did notify the US government and military channels within minutes. Pacific Rim countries were notified. Problem is our people couldn't get the appropriate people from their governments on the phone. Indian Ocean countries aren't part of the *Pacific Ocean* tsunami early warning net, but we tried anyway. It's of note that we have tried to help those countries set up a similar monitoring system, have offered them our expertise and assistance, but most of the Indian Ocean countries opted not to participate or fund the plans, so it was dropped.
Shouldn't they be suing those who chose not to address the danger, rather than those who tried to help? To sue, just because we didn't predict/notify/save everyone who *might* have been affected is absolute BS. If they want to know when a tsunami might hit, they should get their own monitoring systems set up, using their own damned money. It's that whole 'being responsible for your own shit' thing, in this case for the lives of your citizens.
I guess those suing are fuzzy on that whole 'act of God' thing…
Some days it seems world is just getting more and more out of control.
I need to update my living will…
…who thinks the global responsibility/personal responsibility thing is a whole 'nother post…