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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In the persistent vegetative state, there's essentially no viable cerebral cortex," said Franciscan Br.
We concluded that providing patients in a persistent vegetative state with nutrition and hydration was ordinarily morally required, but that the burdens associated with doing so "might become serious enough in particular cases to render their use excessively burdensome.
She remained in this persistent vegetative state for a decade after the accident, dying in 1985 of massive infections.
But when dealing with a person in a confirmed, persistent vegetative state, where it is morally certain there is no possibility of restoring or improving health (due, for example, to irreparable brain damage), almost any medical intervention, even a feeding tube, is considered "extraordinary.
A Gallup poll question that did not mention Terri's name (10/24-26/2003) found 80% approval for a spouse being "allowed by law to make a final decision to end the patient's life by some painless means" if the "patient is in a persistent vegetative state caused by irreversible brain damage.
In fact, 14 independent medical professionals (six of them neurologists) have given either statements or testimony that Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state.
He rejected allegations that Mrs Schiavo's husband Michael had abused her as well as evidence from a Florida doctor who claimed she was not in a persistent vegetative state.
Court-appointed doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery.
Unless you have just returned from the International Space Station or awakened from persistent vegetative state - you should be aware that Cardiff City have been promoted to Division One in the English Football League.
To the Editor: Although Michael Panicola's article "Catholic Teaching on Prolonging Life: Setting the Record Straight" (HCR, November-December 2001) does present both sides of the controversial issue of tube feeding, it incorrectly states that the question about the removal of food and water from patients in the persistent vegetative state (PVS) has been resolved by the Catholic Church.
These patients may be, but do not necessarily have to be, in a persistent vegetative state (PVS).

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