Monday, December 7, 2015
Texas’ Advance Directives Act Is Being Used to Kill a Patient
Let me give you a very clear and current – as in happening right this moment here in Texas – example of all that is wrong with this law and this mentality that so often exists within hospitals and the medical profession.
Hear from Texas Right to Life and the attorneys for Chris Dunn, Trey Trainor and Joe Nixon, two most excellent attorneys, about this case and Texas law. In just a few minutes, you will know all you need to know about your risk in Texas hospitals and Mr. Dunn’s case:
Trainor insisted on a distinction between life support, which is a life-and-death situation, and life-sustaining treatment. Chris is “not being fully kept alive by artificial means” and therefore technically not on life support. “They cannot tell you what is conclusively wrong with Mr. Dunn. … [T]hey say he shows signs of having pancreatic cancer,” Trainor said. “But they have not done a biopsy.”
Trainor also noted that if Chris has pancreatic cancer, such a condition is treatable. In cases where pancreatic cancer is fatal, the prognosis is a very short time. “But Chris has been in the hospital for nearly eight weeks now,” he noted. So, one might ask, why is the hospital opting to withdraw treatment instead of trying to determine Chris’ condition and treat it? Why is the court even considering the possibility that the hospital should be gaurdian?