Family stops hospital from taking boy off life support
KANSAS CITY, Kan.
The family of a 14-year-old who was shot in the neck has received a restraining order preventing the University of Kansas Hospital from taking the boy off of life support.
Michael Todd of Kansas City was shot Tuesday at a Blue Springs apartment. Police said a witness told them that the gun might have gone off accidentally.
"Our doctors have determined him to be brain dead," hospital spokesman Dennis McCulloch said on Friday.
But Michael's family argues that the hospital wants to remove the boy from life support because it wants to use his organs for a donor program.
"It's so quick," said Odette Cole, Todd's aunt. "He's 14 years old. ... You're acting like you're in a grocery store for body parts."
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I don't know how bad the boy's injuries are. I certainly don't understand why damage to a neck (with possible spinal cord injury) could kill off a brain - starve it of oxygen perhaps at the point of crisis, but kill it? I'm confused.
That said, theres no telling what sort of emotional and shocked freefall the family are going through.
Maybe there's hope, maybe there isn't, but to try and pull the plug on a child after only four days? Doesn't that hit you as the most emotionally insensitive action possible?
I have no idea whether there is some dark conspiracy regarding spare parts, but that is irrelevant. This certainly smacks of a "conveyor belt mentality", whatever the real reason.
Four days. Sheesh.