She was a beautiful three year old girl. Her name was Alexis, Lexi for short. Lexi was perfect in every way except she was brain dead. She was found face down in her aunt’s pool where she floated for more than 5 minutes.
Lexi could only lie on her side, she was blind, unable to swallow, blink or close her eyes to sleep. She was unable to use any of her motor functions and had 10-15 seizures a day. Tube feedings s
In “Letting Go,” an illuminating article on care for the dying, the surgeon and author Atul Gawande examines the choices that terminal patients and their families face at the end of life. Contrasting hospice with hospital care, he reports a remarkable finding:
Like many people, I had believed that hospice care hastens death, because patients forgo hospital treatments and are allowed high-dose narcotics to comba