X-Message-Number: 25957
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 22:34:58 -0500
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: about Trygve Bauge

About Trygve Bauge:

I do not know him personally, but his suggestion that patients in 
persistent vegetative state should receive the rights of live patients
looks to me as if he has no idea at all what he's suggesting. 
While such patients should definitely get attention to see if 
their brain remains before anything else is done, the likelihood
is that their upper brain has decayed completely. Regardless of 
what current law and "Definition of Death" say, such patients
have died. Even worse, the state of their brain makes it impossible
that they will ever really be recovered, no matter how advanced 
our medical technology may become. 

(Yes, we can recover a clone of them, and put what we know of the
memories they might have had into the brains of that clone. But
the clone remains a different individual than its original).

           Best wishes and long long life for all,

                Thomas Donaldson

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