This us such a jarring thought, the idea that only some lives are
worth saving, especially in the days when we’re still haging onto every
news story of an against-the-odds save in Haiti.

Such is the relativism that creeps into the care of impaired people with rationed health care. Like, the case of Baby Isaiah

“The parents of a critically-ill three-month-old boy have found
themselves in a legal fight for his life, after being informed by the
hospital that staff will be removing his ventilation because they have
deemed that he cannot recover from brain damage he suffered during
birth.

“On October 24th, after a long, 40-hour labour, Isaac and Rebecka
May and their son Isaiah James had to be airlifted to Edmonton’s
Stollery Children’s Hospital because Isaiah’s umbilical cord had been
wrapped around his neck, resulting in severe oxygen deprivation.

“While the hospital declared Isaiah “brain dead” shortly thereafter,
Isaac and Rebecka have since joyfully watched him defy doctors’
prognoses. In a court affidavit, Rebecka explained that doctors had
predicted Isaiah would only live a few days, that he would not grow,
move, or urinate independently. However, she says he has grown to
almost eleven pounds, urinates on his own, dilates his pupils, and
opens his eyes on a daily basis.

“Isaiah has moved his hands, arms and feet with increasing frequency
and has arched his back,” she wrote. “He has brought his knees to his
abdomen and has lifted his ankles up off the bed without touch or
stimulation.”

“Considering his progress, the Mays were shocked last Wednesday when
they received a letter from the hospital informing them that Isaiah was
not improving and that the hospital intended to remove his ventilator…”

Chilling, this ‘alternate reality’ a bureaucracy can construct to fit a desired outcome.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....