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April 30, 2005

Texas Hospital Officials: Stop Treating Baby

Hospitals used to be places where the ill went to be treated with full confidence that everything possible would be done to save lives. Now, hospitals have Futility Review Commissions.

ABC13 Eyewitness News
(4/29/05 - HOUSTON) - The mother of a critically ill baby is trying to figure out where to take her child after being told by doctors at Memorial Hermann Hospital that they would stop treating her in 10 days.

The five-month-old little girl was diagnosed with leukemia just weeks after her birth. Since then, she's undergone a number of different medical treatments and contracted an infection. Doctors and her parents disagree on what should happen next.
"Her mind is fully there," said the baby's mother, Tamiko Dismuke-Howard. "She knows when we are there. I can't give up because she won't give up."

Tamiko picked up a letter from Memorial Hermann Thursday night. It says simply that doctors believe all medical treatment, other than to ease Knya's pain and suffering, would be useless. Her parents have 10 days to find another hospital for Knya or her medical care will stop.

"We will not give up," said Charles Howard, the baby's father. "We are going all the way."
"Continuing treatment at this point would entail the prolonging of this extreme pain and suffering without any hope of a benefit with prolongation of life," said Chairman of the Futility Review Commission Richard Castriotta, MD.

It seems we are much more than on the slippery slope toward institutionalized involuntary euthanasia, we have arrived. Dr. Mary L. Davenport M.D. wrote "Forcing Doctors to Kill." In her article, Dr. Davenport, sheds light on how medicine has moved from life saving to Futility Review Commissions.

A major step has already taken place, almost unnoticed by the general public. The tepid modern alternatives to the Hippocratic Oath, such the World Medical Association's Declaration of Geneva, came into widespread use in America after World War II. The now-unused original Hippocratic Oath was a covenant between the physician and patient. In addition to swearing to uphold patient confidentiality, and prohibiting sexual relations between physician and patient, the Oath specifically prohibited medical killing. Both abortion and physician-assisted suicide were violations of the Oath American physicians once affirmed. Unbeknownst to most Americans, U.S. physicians have not had to swear off medical killing for decades.

Apparently, medicine the medical industry has gone from revering Hippocrates to idolizing Margaret Sanger.

Hat Tip: BlogsForTerri and HyScience.

Update: Right Wing Nut Job (I love that name) posts on the follow-the-money-factor of Baby Knya's plight at Straight Up with Sherri.