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Texas family fights for euthanasia laws after daughter's death

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POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:47am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:46am

A Texas family is fighting to make euthanasia of terminal patients legal in the state. They don't want other families to go through the pain that they have endured.

At 19-months-old, Natalie Newton was a busy, happy toddler. until September, when those busy little feet took her into the family's backyard pool near Corpus Christi. Natty, as the family likes to call her, was revived.

"It was just horrible. blind and deaf and can't move can you imagine?" Her dad said.

After more than an hour without oxygen, doctors determined that she would ultimately not survive.

"You think that dreadful thought: We can't let her live like this, and you can't believe you just thought that," said her dad.

The hospital's ethics committee agreed. The question then became: How, exactly, would natty die?

"They're saying, ok, well, the nutrition and the hydration. 'Well, isn't that starving her to death?'" The father asked them.

Her grandfather, Bradley Newton, says withholding 'nutrition' as it's nicely put was the only option that Texas law allowed.

Over eight and a half long, awful, agonizing days, Natty was starved.

"That's just the most cruel, inhumane thing. We euthanize dogs for humanity reasons, we euthanize serial killers but, a 21-month-old baby has to starve for almost 9 days?" Questions the dad.

Newton says his family has been traumatized by the process and is traveling the state sharing her story in the hope of forcing change, for Natty's sake.

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Vlad, the Imposter...for goodness sake...get out your third grade reader and study up on your letters...the article above states it was the hospital that wouldn't give a merciful end to this little one's struggle, not the mother, you dolt! Take care of your own, vlad, old boy...should this ever happen to one of your loved ones, do a Terry Schaivo if you like...but these parents didn't want their precious little angel to endure that kind of non-life. You have no right to judge!

Read your own crap "...hospital that wouldn't give a merciful end to this little one's struggle,.."
one more time ... " .. little one's struggle..."
third time lucky.. ".. one's struggle"
you imply the child was in 'struggle' for life, the parents/family likewise.. you musta missed this:
"..Natty, as the family likes to call her, was revived.
"It was just horrible. blind and deaf and can't move can you imagine?"
R E A D .. "Natty" was alive, just deaf and blind
I have a right to admonish error

Read your own crap "...hospital that wouldn't give a merciful end to this little one's struggle,.."
one more time ... " .. little one's struggle..."
third time lucky.. ".. one's struggle"
you imply the child was in 'struggle' for life, the parents/family likewise.. you musta missed this:
"..Natty, as the family likes to call her, was revived.
"It was just horrible. blind and deaf and can't move can you imagine?"
R E A D .. "Natty" was alive, just deaf and blind
I have a right to admonish!

It's obvious the mother is 'suffering'.. may she should be euthanized,
she let her little girl starve for nine days to death (obviously the child was a fighter, and wanted to keep living, unlike her family), and blames everybody else for her choice to starve her
Shame on all of you who support deserting this little girl, .. if you think it's 'compassion' .. you are lying to yourselves... what's worse.. you are pretending

It's obvious the mother is 'suffering'.. may she should be euthanized,
she let her little girl starve for nine days to death (obviously the child was a fighter, and wanted to keep living, unlike her family), and blames everybody else for her choice to starve her
Shame on all of you who support deserting this little girl, .. if you think it's 'compassion' .. you are lying to yourselves... what's worse.. you are pretending

Hey, folks...you have Catholics, fundamentalists, other religious sects that hold families like this one hostage to their so-called "ethical code"...you have doctors and hospitals that cure those who can be cured, but who would rather keep someone "alive" on ventilators and feeding tubes...then you have others in the profession who twist their oath, "do no harm," to justify inhumane "treatment" to precious little angels such as this one...blessings to this family, and move forward in this cause.

i think the child was breathing on her own, or "pulling the plug" would have been an option. I know from having an elderly family member die at home on hospice care, it can take several days without nutrition or water for someone to pass. Horrible, I pray that they were able to give her morphine or something to make sure she was not anxious or in any pain. The grandfather is right, we treat animals better at end of life than we treat people.

this is the most horrible option that ANY doctor could suggest. if she was on life support, why not just pull the plug? or why not do lethal injection like they would for a death row inmate? i SURELY would file a lawsuit against that doctor and hospital for this. there has got to be something illegal about this.

My heart goes out to this family, as a mother of a small child who drown. I can imagine the agonizing pain of loosing a child, but i can not understand the agonizing pain they went through with this process,My prayers are with them and their family.

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