[quote="graceandglory, post:1, topic:299865"]
My friend had a stroke 3 months ago. She will not regain her earlier life. She is breathing on her own, but needs a feeding tube. She pulled her feeding tube out. She is not dying. She is stable and was in a rehabilitation center. Her husband decided to not have the feeding tube replace, and moved her into a hospice. The hospice/nursing home happens to be Catholic; however my friend is an evangelical, not a Catholic. They prayed for 2 months for her to be completely healed. That didn't happen. Now they have put her to sleep in a coma, so that she would not be aware (I think of starving to death), and she is going to die (I think of starvation.)
I feel really uneasy about this. I know she will not regain her former active, athletic life as a Dr. but is it okay to not replace her feeding tube?
Is this a gray area? She needs a feeding tube to live, but they have made the decision to not put it back in. OH, and she is diagnosed as minimally conscious.
I think this is terrible, and the worst part about it is that you can do nothing to help your friend. Pray for her! I will add her to my prayers too. I guess her husband thinks she wants to die, and that is why she pulled out the feeding tube? That may have been an accident, not done with any conscious intention. How sad.
Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death.