Thursday, January 19, 2006

11-year-old Haleigh Poutre defies death sentence

Two days ago, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that life-support systems -- like, for example, food -- for 11-year-old Haleigh Poutre can be removed, saying the child was in a "vegetative state" (sound familiar?) and should be able to "pass away with dignity."

Starving an 11-year old girl. There's dignity for you.

Today, we learn that Haleigh has turned the tables on a Court that sentenced her to death. Today, we find that, despite the opinion of the judicial sages, she might not be in an "irrevesible coma" after all.

Haleigh seems to be getting better.

She's breathing on her own.

Without the ventilator she supposedly has depended on for months. The Department of Social Services (who brought the case to court as custodians of Haleigh) spokesman said that doctors "elicited responses from Haleigh during tests performed yesterday."

The DSS magnanimously reported that it has "no immediate plans to remove her feeding tube."

No "immediate plans."

So for now, Haleigh's in the arena and the emperor hasn't given her the thumbs down. Yet.

Source: The Boston Globe