persistent vegetative state

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persistent vegetative state:

see under comacoma,
in medicine, deep state of unconsciousness from which a person cannot be aroused even by painful stimuli. The patient cannot speak and does not respond to command.
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persistent vegetative state

Med an irreversible condition, resulting from brain damage, characterized by lack of consciousness, thought, and feeling, although reflex activities (such as breathing) continue
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Persistent Vegetative State is defined after 4 weeks spent in VS.
The woman - who can be referred to only as M - is not in a persistent vegetative state, but her family had called for her life-supporting treatment to be removed.
An extensive bibliography lists journal articles and books in many categories: publications of government commissions and professional societies; the law, policy, history, and ethical debates on the neurological standard for death; withholding and withdrawing life support and persistent vegetative state; and the dead donor rule.
He died in January 2004 in a London hospital after spending nine months in a persistent vegetative state.
THE current debate on the issue of assisted suicide needs to be addressed, together with that of the withdrawal of treatment from patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS).
It's currently being tested for other conditions in which medication may fail, including depression, Tourette's syndrome, epilepsy, pain and persistent vegetative state. It's a science still in the making and is well-described here.--Nathan Seppa
Englaro, 38, was seriously injured in a car accident in January 1992 and had been in a persistent vegetative state since then.
Eluana Englaro, who is in a persistent vegetative state, was moved from a Catholic clinic to a private hospital inUdine on Monday night, said her family's lawyer.
Is providing artificial nutrition and hydration to those in a persistent vegetative state a moral responsibility or a prolongation of suffering?
"Patients in a persistent vegetative state, while making up a very small percent of all patients, pose some of the most challenging and heart-wrenching situations for families and caregivers," she added.
Teenagers Kieron Hennessy and Shane Wright were jailed for just three years despite leaving Paul Machin in a persistent vegetative state with their vicious and unprovoked attack.
Schiavo had been in a "persistent vegetative state" for years following a stroke, and though her family insisted she responded to their presence, court-appointed doctors claimed otherwise.

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