Death Process From
Withdrawal Of Feeding Tube

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

I would like to see George W. Bush, members of Congress and, of course, the judges who ordered Terry's feeding tube removed, go without food and water for 7 days. I wonder how peaceful they would find dying of starvation and dehydration?
It is quite possible that Terry will leave this earth on Easter weekend, possibly even Good Friday or Easter Sunday. George W. Bush who purports to be a Christian should really think about what he could have done to save Terry. I hope he has Easter weekend to reflect on his part in her death. Pontius Pilot also believed that he had washed his hands of Jesus and was not responsible for the death of Jesus. So too, Bush probably feels no responsibility in Terry's death. ...oh that's right, he is praying for her.
I have read some news articles in which the author describes the death process from starvation/dehydration as a "gentle death" and other authors describe it as "a peaceful death."
I would like to see some of these authors go without a meal or two and see how gentle dehydration really is.
I find the treatment of Terry Schiavo to be cruel. This was the third time the tube was removed. Imagine the mental torment each time the tube gets removed?
Death Process From Withdrawel Of Feeding Tube
The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Here is the general process of death for patients whose food and hydration tubes are withdrawn.
* Day One: The percutaneous endoscopic gastrotomy tube, which is placed through the skin and into the stomach, is removed in a simple surgical procedure. Patients who do not have mental cognition to have a sense of thirst or hunger will not be uncomfortable.
* Days Three to Four: Urine output decreases and patients begin to lose normal body secretions. The mouth begins to look dry and the eyes appear sunken. Patients will look thinner because the body tissues have lost fluid. Their heart rate gradually goes up and their blood pressure goes down. In some patients, dehydration releases endorphins in the brain that create a state of euphoria.
* Days Five to 10: People who are alert have a marked decrease in their alertness. Respiration becomes irregular with periods of very fast and then very slow breathing. Some patients will become restless while others will be less active. For patients in a persistent vegetative state, there may be no discernible change in their movements.
* Days 10 to Death: Patients do not appear to respond to their environment at all and may appear to be in a coma. Length of death process is determined by how well-nourished patient was and how much body fat and fluid they had when procedure began. May be outward signs of dehydration, like extremely dry skin. Kidney function declines and toxins begin accumulating in the body. Toxins cause respiratory muscles to fail. Multiple organ systems begin to fail from lack of nutrition.
Source: LifePath Hospice.
Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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