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Family fighting Houston hospital's efforts to remove life support

Dallas Morning News (Internet / Print) 07/09/06 http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8INUH1O3.html In the case of Kalilah Roberson-Reese, doctors at Memorial Hermann Hospital are invoking Texas' futile care law, which allows hospitals to remove life support in cases deemed medically futile. Doctors decided she was in a vegetative state. In a statement issued Friday, Memorial Hermann said it was saddened for Roberson-Reese's family. It said life support was deemed medically inappropriate in light of her medical condition, which includes "irreparable lung damage and severe, irreversible brain damage." Dr. William Winslade, an ethicist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said the case "raises questions about how quickly these decisions should be made in the face of potential litigation." (This Associated Press story has appeared widely throughout the state on TV and in Print.)



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