Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sign of the times?

I just read an article on the LifeSite website that blew my mind. The article (found here) is about a couple in Quebec who are suing a hospital for not letting their baby die.

Marie-Eve Laurendeau gave birth to Phebe Mantha at LaSalle Hospital in November 2007. After a difficult delivery Phebe was transferred to Montreal Children's Hospital in serious condition and put on life support.

According to the lawsuit Laurendeau and Phebe's father, Stephane Mantha, were told by doctors that their daughter had little chance for survival and advised them to take her off respiratory support and hydration, to which they agreed.

After withdrawing respiratory support, however, it was found that Phebe could breathe on her own, and the hospital's ethics committee reversed the parents' decision to withhold fluids and food from their baby.


The discouraging thing is that the parents, instead of being overjoyed at the fact that their own flesh and blood survived, were instead pissed off! Just because their child's health is not 'perfect' they believe she is better off dead. They have lost their respect for life and can't see their daughter as anything but a burden. The really mind-boggling part is that when given the decision to take the child home or place her it protective custody, they chose to take her home! And now they're complaining about how difficult it is to raise a daughter with significant health issues!!
However, thank God for that ethics committee which decided to take the steps to ensure the baby's survival. Truly God was with them when they made their decision
to protect an innocent life at all costs. Bravo

2 comments:

Raewyn said...

Oh my goodness...that is very sad indeed, and I'll have to keep that poor baby in my prayers. I can't imagine growing up with the knowledge that my parents were so upset that I lived that they sued the people who helped bring me into the world! *shakes head* "It's a dangerous business, stepping out your front door, Frodo..."

*cough* Sorry...I'm a huge Tolkien fan, and a Chesterton one as well! I quite agree that a book by him + a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa!) = bliss. :D

And I've just realized I haven't introduced myself. Peg pardon. *draws herself up to her fullest height - which at 4'8, isn't much - and sweeps a grand curtsy*

How'd you do, sir? I am Raewyn in the blogging world and found your blog through Lady Rose, who I believe is *takes deep breath* your sibling's friend's older sister. *exhales* Lol...there's complicated for you!

Perhaps it would be clearer if I used her words: "My little sister's friend's older brother." *lopsided grin* Did that help? I think, if I'm not mistaken that one of the blogs on your sidebar: 'Homeschooling with Joy', is her mom's blog.

Cheers!
Raewyn

Marcus Toft said...

"It's a dangerous business, stepping out your front door, Frodo..." - very well said and very nice to meet you! It is a sad and dangerous business indeed but not without hope - there's good news out there, we just have to work harder to find it. I agree with you that that little girl needs all our prayers, especially when she's older.