Last week's question:
The family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who was recently declared brain-dead after problems following a tonsillectomy, has faced the heart-wrenching decision of whether she should be kept on life support even as doctors at Children's Hospital urged them to accept her death. In situations such as this, what do you think is the best course of action?
MOST OF US have not been in this situation. People just make judgment! Unless I've been in there shoes....who am I to say what I would do.
Kelly Capece Craig
I THINK THAT once you are told that there brain-dead, it's over time to grieve the loss. There is nothing that can be done.
IT'S A HARD decision to make. I'm so happy I'm not making that choice ... My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
THEY SHOULD be allowed to do whatever they want, as long as they can afford it ... It's their child, and who am I to judge them on their decision? I certainly wouldn't leave her hooked to a machine forever though. I'd be looking into donating organs, so at least a part of her would live on!
THIS IS A very tragic situation and my heart goes out to the family.
However, as a nurse with many years of critical care experience, the family should make their peace and possibly help their daughter "live on" as an organ donor. Her brain is dead and her other organs such as her heart may live on for awhile, which makes it all the more painful for all involved.
I do believe in miracles. I have seen them occur, but if there is to be a miracle, it will occur despite turning off the ventilator. I continue to pray for peace for the family and for Jahi.
Mary Coveney Benotti
I LOST MY my son on Jan. 21, 2013, due to a gun shot. I wound not have kept him on life support if it came to that.
IT IS JUST plain selfish to keep this poor child hooked up to a machine. I can't imagine what this must be like for her family, but prolonging the inevitable is just unhealthy for everyone involved.
I HAD TO make the decision to take my husband off life support this past March. It was the hardest thing I could have done. But lying in a bed having a machine keep you alive is even worse. It's selfish of them. Let her go! I'm now left with two kids to raise, but I know my husband would not have wanted to be kept alive by a machine.
Aletha Page Evaro
IF SHE IS brain-dead, I say let her go. She is in a better place. I would donate her organs and in a way she will still be living on she can save lives. Her family should let go. It is hard to accept, but it's going to get harder to let go if they keep her body alive.
This week's question:
A Brentwood man, Jonathan Christ, will face a misdemeanor charge for allegedly lying to investigators after his father killed a neighbor's two dogs in September. His father, Randy Christ, who killed the dogs, will not face charges. What do you think about the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office's decision regarding these charges?
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