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November 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

UK DOCTOR’S HORRIFYING ADMISSION REVEALS HOW SICK & DISABLED BABIES ARE PUT ON ‘DEATH PATHWAYS’, DEPRIVED OF FOOD & FLUID FOR 10 DAYS

Sick children and even disabled newborn babies, are reportedly being discharged from NHS hospitals in England only to die  slowly at home or in hospices in an unfathomable manner. The innocent children are being put on controversial “death pathways,” once only thought to have involved elderly and terminally ill adult patients.

The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), an organization that facilitates end-of-life treatment, is behind the inhumane program. The Daily Mail has learned the process of “withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.” In other words, patients — young and old — are slowly starved and dehydrated to death.

UK Doctors Horrifying Testimony Reveals How Sick & Disabled Babies Are Put on Death Pathways

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One doctor, acting as a whistle blower, admitted to starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital in a leading medical journal. The doctor describes it as a 10-day process, during which the baby becomes “smaller an shrunken.”

Roughly 130,000 elderly and terminally ill patients reportedly die on the Liverpool Care Pathway, or “death pathways.” LCP is now being independently investigated at the orders of ministers in England.

The Daily Mail has more details on this tragic story:

The investigation, which will include child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions.

Medical critics of the LCP insist it is impossible to say when a patient will die and as a result the LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the NHS money.


The use of end of life care methods on disabled newborn babies was revealed in the doctors’ bible, the British Medical Journal.

The previously mentioned doctor wrote of the pain of watching the slow, forced deaths of newborn babies. One baby’s parents decided to put their infant on the “pathway” because of a “lengthy list of unexpected congenital anomalies,” according to the doctor.

UK Doctors Horrifying Testimony Reveals How Sick & Disabled Babies Are Put on Death Pathways

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UK Doctors Horrifying Testimony Reveals How Sick & Disabled Babies Are Put on Death Pathways

(Photo credit: Shutterstock.com)

Here’s some of what the doctor wrote in the medical journal [emphasis added]:

The voice on the other end of the phone describes a newborn baby and a lengthy list of unexpected congenital anomalies. I have a growing sense of dread as I listen.

The parents want ‘nothing done’ because they feel that these anomalies are not consistent with a basic human experience. I know that once decisions are made, life support will be withdrawn.

Assuming this baby survives, we will be unable to give feed, and the parents will not want us to use artificial means to do so.

Regrettably, my predictions are correct. I realise as I go to meet the parents that this will be the tenth child for whom I have cared after a decision has been made to forgo medically provided feeding.

[…]

Like other parents in this predicament, they are now plagued with a terrible type of wishful thinking that they could never have imagined. They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped.

They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby.

Their wishes, however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was ten days.

After reading the article in the British Medical Journal, Dr. Laura de Rooy, a consultant neonatologist at St. George’s Hospital NHS Trust in London, wrote on the BMJ website: “It is a huge supposition to think they do not feel hunger or thirst.”

UK Doctors Horrifying Testimony Reveals How Sick & Disabled Babies Are Put on Death Pathways

(Photo credit: Shutterstock.com)

“The LCP was devised by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool for care of dying adult patients more than a decade ago. It has since been developed, with [pediatric] staff at Alder Hey Hospital, to cover children. Parents have to agree to their child going on the death pathway, often being told by doctors it is in the child’s ‘best interests’ because their survival is ‘futile’,” The Daily Mail reports.

Obviously, not everyone agrees. Bernadette Lloyd, a hospice pediatric nurse, wrote to the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health and blasted the use of death pathways for young children.

“The parents feel coerced, at a very traumatic time, into agreeing that this is correct for their child whom they are told by doctors has only has a few days to live,” she wrote. “It is very difficult to predict death. I have seen a reasonable number of children recover after being taken off the pathway.”

She went on: “I have also seen children die in terrible thirst because fluids are withdrawn from them until they die…I witnessed a 14 year-old boy with cancer die with his tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth when doctors refused to give him liquids by tube. His death was agonising for him, and for us nurses to watch. This is euthanasia by the backdoor.”

For now the inquiry into the death pathways is ongoing. A Department of Health spokesman said that “End of life care for children must meet the highest professional and clinical standards, and the specific needs of children at the end of their life.”

But as Teresa Lynch, a spokeswoman for the Medical Ethics Alliance, points out: “There are big questions to be answered about how our sick children are dying.”

To read more of the anonymous doctor’s testimony in the British Medical Journal, click here.

 

Replies

  • autodidact
    November 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    from what source was this copied and pasted? 

  • Canvas_says
    November 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/uk-doctors-horrifying-admission-reveals-how-sick-disabled-babies-are-put-on-death-pathways-deprived-of-food-fluid-for-10-days/

    Quoting autodidact:

    from what source was this copied and pasted? 


  • Sisteract
    November 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I'd like someone  from the UK to weigh in.


    I have worked in Nicus in the US for 34 years and have never seen "starvation" or withholding of fluids. Hydration is comfort care and would never be withheld in the US. In fact, one time I was caring for a baby who had a condition that was incompatible with the life and the parents asked to have fluids withheld- [they were visiting from Holland when the mother delivered], and the neonatalogist had to explain that we could not, by law, starve the baby.

    In one of those photos the baby has an IV in the scalp- IVs are used for hydration as well as for nutrition and medication admin.

    Secondly, the story with the tongue to the roof of the mouth- WRONG- all pts can have their mouths swabbed- that is a nursing protocol, not medically ordered.

    Drama, drama.

    Sometimes death is the right answer- compassion, love, tenderness, holding and comfort care- death does not and should not equal pain.


  • Canvas_says
    November 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    I have no idea if these photos showed are actual patients or not, and as you pointed out the swabbing of the mouth is a nursing protocol, only your experience is that of what the US has in place. Can't say with any assurance that is how they work there. 

    Quoting Sisteract:

    I'd like someone  from the UK to weigh in.


    I have worked in Nicus in the US for 34 years and have never seen "starvation" or withholding of fluids. Hydration is comfort care and would never be withheld in the US. In fact, one time I was caring for a baby who had a condition that was incompatible with the life and the parents asked to have fluids withheld- [they were visiting from Holland when the mother delivered], and the neonatalogist had to explain that we could not, by law, starve the baby.

    In one of those photos the baby has an IV in the scalp- IVs are used for hydration as well as for nutrition and medication admin.

    Secondly, the story with the tongue to the roof of the mouth- WRONG- all pts can have their mouths swabbed- that is a nursing protocol, not medically ordered.

    Drama, drama.

    Sometimes death is the right answer- compassion, love, tenderness, holding and comfort care- death does not and should not equal pain.



  • 29again
    by 29again
    November 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Isn't rationed care just wonderful?  Makes me nauseous, especially to know that that is what will be coming along the road for us.

  • Sisteract
    November 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    My husband is from the Republic of Ireland and has family living and working in both Ireland and the UK- I have been in facilities in both countries...he has 2 cousins who are RNs in those countries- the standards are the same- care might even be better in some cases. I doubt swabbing of the mouth would be against protocol in those countries, or any for that matter. Swabbing of the mouth has nothing to do with feeding or fluids, it's about comfort. Even dying patients are mandated comfort, not just here, but everywhere.

    Quoting Canvas_says:

    I have no idea if these photos showed are actual patients or not, and as you pointed out the swabbing of the mouth is a nursing protocol, only your experience is that of what the US has in place. Can't say with any assurance that is how they work there. 

    Quoting Sisteract:

    I'd like someone  from the UK to weigh in.


    I have worked in Nicus in the US for 34 years and have never seen "starvation" or withholding of fluids. Hydration is comfort care and would never be withheld in the US. In fact, one time I was caring for a baby who had a condition that was incompatible with the life and the parents asked to have fluids withheld- [they were visiting from Holland when the mother delivered], and the neonatalogist had to explain that we could not, by law, starve the baby.

    In one of those photos the baby has an IV in the scalp- IVs are used for hydration as well as for nutrition and medication admin.

    Secondly, the story with the tongue to the roof of the mouth- WRONG- all pts can have their mouths swabbed- that is a nursing protocol, not medically ordered.

    Drama, drama.

    Sometimes death is the right answer- compassion, love, tenderness, holding and comfort care- death does not and should not equal pain.




  • VeronicaTex
    November 30, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Being the Mother of a Special Needs child who was in the NICU for 11 days, having received the most excellent of care, this story breaks my heart.

    Knowing that millions of children are aborted each year in the world, I am appalled that this too, could be happening.  

    Humans selecting who should live or die based on illness or disability: the need for perfection in a child by some,  is sickening.

    I pray for those  children.who have lost their lives, senselessly.

    There will be a reckoning for all who have chosen this path for the innocent who will NEVER be able to speak on their own behalf....

    Veronica-Roman Catholic Pro-life Advocate


  • SallyMJ
    by SallyMJ
    November 30, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    It is heartbreaking to read this doctor's descriptions and thoughts on how starved and dehydrated babies actually die. And we already knew this - or at least I did, anyway.

    This is exactly what happened to Terry Schiavo. Took about 10 days to kill her by not giving her food or especially water. Absolutely barbaric. People not given water shrink, their brains dry up, their noses bleed and their tongues stick to the roofs of their mouths, their skin becomes mottled, they become very cold and shiver uncontrollably. They cry from pain, but can't make any tears. They must be terrified. They eventually go into a coma and stop breathing.

    This is just as bad as the human sacrifices practiced by the Incas and ancient Babylonians. We treat dogs - for goodness sake - dogs, dolphins, and the Delta Smelt - better than we treat old people and babies with disabilities or sickness.

    This is how the guy from "Into the Wild" died - starvation and dehydration. That was tragic - but unintentional on his part. This is all very intentional. As the Nazis used to say, "Some lives are not worthy to be lived."


  • imamomzilla
    November 30, 2012 at 8:26 AM

     simple frownHow could anyone be so cruel and heartless?

  • imamomzilla
    November 30, 2012 at 8:31 AM

     "euthanasia by the backdoor.”

    SICK!

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