First it was Charlie Gard. Now the tragic case of Alfie Evans, the UK toddler who died Saturday after being taken off of life support against his parent's wishes and despite the fact that doctors never even confirmed a diagnosis. Thankfully, here in the United States we don't have bureaucratic "death panels" who decide whether or not a patient is worthy of healthcare ... right?
In the video above, Sara Gonzales reveals some little known facts about the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999, a statute that gives heath care faculties the authority to refuse care to a patient for any reason they choose, even if the patient is fully conscious, cognizant, and literally begging for their life.
This was the case with 46-year-old Christopher David Dunn, a Texas man who was diagnosed with an unidentified mass on his pancreas in 2015. Though Chris was fully-conscious and clearly expressing his desire to live, the Houston Methodist Hospital's Bioethics Committee ruled that "life-sustaining treatment is medically inappropriate for Chris and that all treatments other than those needed to keep him comfortable should be discontinued and withheld.”
"Houston area doctors assumed it was cancer, even though they never bothered to attempt a biopsy, remove the mass, or even confirm a diagnosis before deciding to let him waste away and die," explained Sara. "Death panels are alive and well here in America and it's time to shed some light on that."
Watch the video above to learn more.
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