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  • Brain Injury Gives Man a Second Chance to Be Kind
  • 4/27/2012
  • (KQED) - Four years ago, Marco Ferreira was riding his motorcycle down an isolated road in Los Angeles when he hit some grout and had an accident. Though he was wearing a full helmet, leather pants and jacket, Ferreira suffered a traumatic brain injury.
  • 'Thumbs-up' From Man Physicians Rather See Dead
  • 4/26/2012
  • (cbcnews) - The lawyer of a family fighting to keep a man on life-support says a new diagnosis vindicates what they've been saying all along, that Hassan Rasouli is conscious and aware. The Rasouli family believes that a "thumbs-up" gesture Hassan made from his Toronto hospital bed proves he is conscious.
  • Teen Declared Brain Dead By Doctors, Makes Miracle Recovery
  • 4/25/2012
  • (MailOnline) - They were told there was no chance of their son surviving after he suffered devastating injuries in a car crash. But Steven Thorpe's parents refused to give up hope - despite four specialists declaring that the 17-year-old was brain dead.
  • Mostert: Apologize to the Severely Disabled, Dr. Phil
  • 4/24/2012
  • (WND) - Dr. Phil owes more than 50 million people in the U.S. with disabilities an apology. Late last week he ran a segment that was unapologetically pro-death masquerading as an informed serious debate. The topic? Whether people with severe disabilities should be killed because they have no quality of life.
  • Kids with Disabilities Can Blossom at Area Camps
  • 4/23/2012
  • (Lakewood Observer) - Camp Happiness is a seven-week program which provides summer day camp experiences to children and young adults ages 5-21 with cognitive and other developmental disabilities.
  • Five Hawaii Doctors Offered Assisted Suicide to Patients
  • 4/22/2012
  • (NY Daily News) - Five doctors in Hawaii say they're willing to help terminally ill patients end their lives. The only problem - it isn't legal. Dr. Robert "Nate" Nathanson, 78, is willing to risk prison and the loss of his medical license in order to write lethal prescriptions for dying patients, reports American Medical News.
  • Students Captivated by Crash Survivor's Story
  • 4/21/2012
  • (TinelyParkPatch) - Some of the students lingering in the Tinley Park High School Audion would be late for their next class, but Principal Theresa Nolan didn't mind. Several hung back after guest speaker Janet Spencer Barnes concluded her family's story of recovery from daughter Juliana Ramos' October 2009 car accident.
  • MA Groups Rally Against Assisted Suicide Proposal
  • 4/20/2012
  • (CNA) - Efforts are underway to fight a Massachusetts ballot initiative that would allow doctors to assist patients in ending their lives. "There's nothing dignified about suicide," said the Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide, "and there's nothing compassionate about encouraging it or presenting it as a rational alternative."
  • Wesley J. Smith: That Unrepentant Bigotry
  • 4/19/2012
  • (First Things) - I have a piece out in the Human Life Review decrying the "unrepentant bigotry" that allows people with profound disabilities to be denegrated as "skin bags" (as one example), or if profoundly cognitively disabled, as mere flora. From "That Unrepentant Bigotry":
  • Dr. Phil Show Advocates for "Mercy Killing" of People with Disabilities
  • 4/18/2012
  • (Live Action News) - This week on the popular Dr. Phil Show, a mother named Annette Corriveau was featured. She's special because she wants the right to be able to kill her children. That's right. She is the mother of two severely disabled adult children, and she feels that the moral thing to do would be to kill them by lethal injection, to end their "suffering."