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Should hospitals provide life support to anencephaly survivors?

  • Let them breathe

    How many times have we said after losing a loved one "I would do ANYTHING to bring them back?" If a parent wants more time beyond a doctors estimated "expiration date" for their loved, cherished, and precious child, why deny them their request? The parents know their baby is going to die! They just need to know without a shadow of a doubt that they did EVERYTHING medically possible (without doctors using past journals and not using current efforts) to help their baby. Furthermore, what parent could watch their child (healthy or having anencephaly) struggle breathing without doing anything about it. What should these parents do? Put them in a room, shut the door, and wait minutes, hours, days, or even weeks for inhumanity, painful, and unforgiving nature to take its course? Give these little "humans" the rights...The right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Their parents are giving them what they can, their only asking for (begging and pleading for) help so that their baby doesn't have to struggle to breathe.

  • Yes, hospitals should provide life support.

    Who gives someone the right to say a child does not have the right to life for missing parts of the brain? Can the child breath, eat, sleep, move, and so forth? If so, then the child is still living and needs to be given a fighting chance. A chance for survival should be the parents choice, not the doctors or hospitals or anyone else's. Brain or no brain everyone deserves a right to life. True Death only occurs once the body reaches the state where it begins the process of breaking down.

  • Life supprt should be given.

    Hospitals should provide life support to anencephaly survivors. This is because once a life exists on earth then we have a responsibility to care for it and help it survive. A person with this disease is quite vulnerable and it often leads to death on its on. But while these people are alive, they need to be taken care of.

  • Yes hospitals provide life support to anencephaly survivors, within the parents desires.

    The standard clinical practice in the case of anencephaly births is to offer hydration, nutrition, and comfort measures until a natural death occurs. Hospitals should provide this level of life support unless more aggressive treatment is requested by the parents. Almost every parent facing the reality of anencephaly choose to let nature take its course.

  • If unable to function without support, the parents or relatives are responsible for this decision

    Anencephaly survivors are without hope of recovery. There is no possibility that they will grow a portion of the brain after development in the womb. If the parent or guardian wills that the afflicted be removed from life support, then that is what should happen. If a person cannot function without constant care and mechanical assistance, the family has the right to act on the victims behalf. Denying this infringes on the hypocratic oath. Insisting on an existance with pain is worse than stopping that existence to avoid the pain

  • no, they should not.

    When a baby is born not being able to think or function, it is either going to be a life of misery for the child or the parent. Aside from that, anencephaly survivors don't actually survive very long after they initially make it. It's a horrible situation and understand wanting to keep the person alive, but life support is the wrong idea.

  • No, hospitals should not extend life support to survivors of anencephaly.

    No, life support is not a viable option for survivors of anencephaly. The main sections of the brain that are missing mean that life is not possible, which is why virtually all sufferers of anencephaly die almost immediately after birth. Maintaining child support does not provide a pathway toward life with any sentient quality.


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