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By: Monica RW
"Whom shall determine Free Will in the cases of Life or Death? A individual, family or courts, the state and medical personnel. In America, its' time we have this conversation."Free will. According to a Webster's Dictionary definition Free Will means:
"The ability to choose how to act or The ability to make choices that are not controlled by fate or God."
"Revelation 3:20 - Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me."
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Marlise and Erick Munoz with oldest son.
Marlise Munoz is pregnant and clinically brain dead but remains on life support due to a
law in Texas forbidding Erick Munoz from removing his spouse from any medical measures required for keeping her alive.
"Marlise, who with her husband has a 1-year-old son, has been on life support at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth since Nov. 26, when Munoz found her collapsed on the living room floor," ABC News reported on December 23. "He (Erick) performed CPR and then called 911. She never regained consciousness and her husband says she is now "simply a shell. But the fetus still has a normal heartbeat."
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Marlise and Erick Munoz with oldest son.
Erick Munoz told WFAA-TV in Dallas, he and his wife previously discussed end-of-life measures in case one Spouse was medically unable to make such a decision but, had not officially signed formalized Do-Not-Resuscitate paperwork.
Texas Statutory Law states in part: "A person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient."In California, the family of thirteen-year-old Jahi McMath are fighting to keep their child alive.
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Thirteen-year-old Jahi McMath
Over the last three weeks mother Nailah Winkfield has waged a valiant legal battle for Jahi to receive necessary life supportive measures required to keep her Child's heart beating, plus lungs moving in and out oxygen with the help of a ventilator.
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The Mother of Jahi McMath, Nailah Winkfield (R)
The McMath/Winkfield family received a temporary reprieve from Alameda Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo for Children's Hospital to keep all life supportive measures on Jahi until December 30.
Since the ruling, Jahi's family have feverishly searched for a long-term care facility in Southern which would accept Jahi in her current medical condition. Officials at Oakland's Children Hospital on December 27 changed the medical facility initial refusal to move Jahi to another location.
"Children’s Hospital will of course continue to do everything legally and ethically permissible to support the family of Jahi McMath,” the hospital said in a letter to McMath/Winkfield Family Attorney Christopher Dolan. “In that regard, Children’s will allow a lawful transfer of Jahi’s body in its current state to another location if the family can arrange such a transfer and Children's can legally do so.”
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on Life Support Facebook PageNailah Winkfield & Jahi McMath
If the stalemate continues between Oakland's Children Hospital and McMath/Winkfield Family Free Will stance to keep the child alive, California Superior Court Judge Grillo has ruled Jahi must be removed life support by 5 p.m.on Monday unless a higher Judicial court of law supersedes Justice Grillo's order.
Two cases of Free Will. One to end a life with Marlise Munoz. The other to keep live going at all costs with Jahi McMath. What has been lost discussions on both side of this debate is the Right to Choose.
The Right to Choose is born and bred in Free Will methodology. The Will of Humans to make a choice for themselves or a loved one when a relative or spouse cannot choose Life or Death.
These are and should remain personal decisions outside of the reim of public debate, analysis and scrutiny. It remains a crying shame the McMath/Winkfield Family and Erick Munoz must deal intimate tragedies at the whim of medical administrators, state laws, court systems and worse in the public domain.