Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Positive update for Andrea Clark

I've previously posted about Andrea Clark, a disabled woman in Texas, whose treatment was to be taken away by the decision of a hospital's ethics clinic. Last I heard was that she was to be transported to Chicago but those plans fell through. However, St. Luke's Hospital has decided to stop seeking to end her treatment. She will be treated, and now she has a chance at life.

From Andrea's sister:

How am I doing? I am doing FABULOUS! My sister, Andrea, is GETTING WELL. Her white blood cell count has been down to normal for the FOURTH day in a ROW now, and she has been able to get off of the blood pressure raising drugs that she has had to be on for MONTHS. She is doing GREAT. Her new doctor ... has also halved the amount of pain medications that she is taking, so that she can talk to her family. He says that her condition is "serious," but that she does have the ability to get much better.

The futility proceedings are stopped now. Because this new doctor took over her case, it is all stopped.

I'm so happy I don't know what to think, or say, or do. Not only is my sister NOT going to be put to death by St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, but it also looks like she is RECOVERING from her heart surgery, finally.


Our prayers and emails helped save this woman's life and now she was a chance.

From Andrea's attorney, Jerri Ward:

I want to let you know that St. Luke’s is doing the right thing in this case now. The physician team met with the new attending and it went well. The team is on board and the medical futility procedure has been stopped. For the time being, Andrea will continue to receive life-sustaining and appropriate treatment at St. Luke’s.

Quotations were from Pro-life Blogs

Update (May 9, 2006): Andrea Clark has died

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