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April 21, 2005

Italian Court Keeps Girl's Feeding Tube in Place: Feeding a "Necessary Act"

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

More and more we are finding that only in the United States of America and particularly in Pinellas County, Florida is food and water for the disabled and infirmed considered extraordinary medical treatment.

Just as a court ruled in Argentina, we now see a court in Italy that feeding a patient, even one in a "vegetative state," is a necessary act. According to Reuters, the court said a decision to remove the tube required "valuations of life and death that are rooted in concepts of an ethical or religious nature, which are extrajudicial," and said that the issue was also outside the powers of Englaro's father. As in the case with Terri Schiavo, some doctors say that the patient "reacts to stimulus."
In Italy, the Supreme Judges made the right decision:

- Reuters via BlogsForTerri
Italy's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a man's appeal to remove a feeding tube keeping his daughter alive, weeks after a bitter row over brain-damaged Terri Schiavo divided the United States.

The Italian court confirmed an earlier ruling that called feeding Eluana Englaro, in a vegetative state following a 1992 car crash, a "necessary act."

It said a decision to remove the tube required "valuations of life and death that are rooted in concepts of an ethical or religious nature, which are extrajudicial," and said that the issue was also outside the powers of Englaro's father.

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Hat tip - BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at April 21, 2005 8:33 AM



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