Rebecca Dresser, UW professor and member of the growth attenuation working group, comments on the Maraachli case

Commenting on the Maraachli case where Baby Joseph was moved to U. S. after Canadian court ordered removal of his respirator, Rebecca Dresser, a professor of law and medical ethics at Washington University in St. Louis, said in the article below that U.S. courts generally side with families in such cases that want to continue treatment for loved ones even in seemingly hopeless medical cases, that similar end-of-life cases will likely become more common, “Because of the growing concerns about costs, we’re going to see more of this.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/954061–baby-joseph-moved-to-u-s-after-canadian-court-rules-docs-can-remove-breathing-tube?bn=1

Please note that Dr. Dressor is one of the members of the growth attenuation working group set up by Seattle Children’s and was quoted many times by Christine Ryan in her paper “Revisiting the legal standards that govern requests to sterilize profoundly incompetent children:  in light of the “Ashley Treatment,” is a new standard appropriate?” published in Fordam Law Review, September 26, 2008.  For details of the legal article by Ryan, visit my post here. Dr. Dresser’s “revised best interest test” is based on the notion that profoundly incompetent persons like Ashley are inhabitants of “different worlds than competent individuals.”

For details of the Maraachli case, refer to the links below.

http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2011/02/windsor-couples-appeal-dismissed-to.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/02/21/17353866.html?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d62c02b77547652,0

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361593/Canadian-hospital-caves-refusal-send-terminally-ill-baby-Joseph-Maraachli-home.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/945700–parents-of-baby-joseph-to-appeal-ruling-to-take-child-off-life-support?bn=1

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362330/Parents-terminally-ill-baby-consider-mercy-dash-U-S-bid-extend-life.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/13/17601961.html

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