The Surprises of Science and Life....
Science always throws up surprises, and so does life. This story is a classic example. As it points out, it does raise issues about the case of Terri Schiavo last year, the brain damaged woman in the United States last year who had her feeding tube removed at the behest of her husband.
It was a tragic case where there were no easy answers, the respective families not even being on speaking terms. However, this is one prime example of why we should err on the side of caution when it comes to life and death issues. Ultimately the will to live can be very strong. Perhaps the view that Terri had some level of awareness was not just wishful thinking on their part. We will not know now.
But ultimately this shows that no life should be treated as expendable, whatever the level of awareness. Such is not a criteria to judge the ultimate value of human life.