Tuesday, May 3

IS AN EXPLANATION NEEDED?

This follow-up piece (published online by ABC News) by Associated Press writer Malcom Ritter on the seeming miraculous recovery of former New York firefighter Donald Herbert, 43, from a long-term, debilitating brain injury is a poignant reminder that so-called medical science is still rife with mysteries and not everything can be explained, accounted for, or predicted by medical doctors, even the ablest and most skilled among them

"We really don't know for sure what's going on."

That's a quote from Anthony Stringer, director of neuropsychology in the department of rehabilitative medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.

I wish Dr. Stringer could hook up with George Felos and try to talk some sense to him, but then I have no doubt that the ghoulishly glib George Felos remains much too arrogant and all too convinced of the rightness of his cause as a death-monger for the secular-nihilists.

To be sure, I haven't jumped to any conclusion that Mr. Herbert's medical condition had direct parallels with Terri Schiavo's. There was a plethora of information on Terri's condition. Not so with Mr. Herbert's. It would be foolhardy to suggest strong similarities.

Yet this man's awakening from years and years in which he was unable to communicate or show much awareness of his surroundings, all owing to oxygen deprivation and brain trauma, has got to cause people to take pause -- particularly those who lobbied for and supported Terri's death by dehydration and starvation -- and think what might have been had she been allowed to live, to return home to her loving parents, to enjoy rehabilitative therapy and updated medical treatment, to get those things her parents and siblings fought for so passionately.

You see, miracles do happen, and medical science cannot account for their reasons. Doctors, even those in league with a certain Circuit Court Judge in Florida, are not omniscient.

That's why the courts should have errored on the side of life. That's why I remain convinced they made an egregious mistake in taking the life away from a handicapped woman who was not terminal, may well have been sentient, and might, God willing, have responded to those things her callous husband worked so hard through the courts to keep from her.