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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Spiro Nikolouzos Has passed away.

Spiro Nikolouzos died May 30th, 2005. Spiro Nikolouzos had been in a persistent vegetative state. He was unable to eat or breathe on his own.

Nikolouzos had been transferred earlier this year from St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston to Avalon Place after doctors at the hospital concluded continued care would be futile.

Spiros Story had been carried in my other blog, a background:
Spiro Nikolouzos has been an invalid since 2001, when he experienced bleeding related to a shunt in his brain.

Jannette Nikolouzos had cared for her husband at their Friendswood home, feeding him via a tube in his stomach. On Feb. 10, the area around the tube started bleeding, and Nikolouzos rushed her husband to St. Luke's for emergency care. He was then placed on a ventilator.

The doctor said because Nikolouzos is brain dead they want to remove him from a ventilator.

However, another medical expert called into evaluate the case disagreed.

Dr. John Stirling Meyer, a Baylor College Of Medicine neurology professor and director of the Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said Nikolouzos does not meet the criteria for being determined brain dead.

"It would be, in my opinion, unethical to pull the plug. (The factors) that I very heavily relied on here was the blood flow to the brain which is very good, he could breathe on his own, and his EKG is present and that's supposed to be absent. These are the criteria," Stirling-Meyer said.

Like how they call him BRAIN DEAD?!!! Fact is before the hospital put the Respirator on him he was fine, except for the "G" Tube.

Turns out Hospitals in texas ( and I am sure elsewhere in the Union) can pull the plug if , "DRS. FEEL THE CARE IS FUTILE, IF THE DRS. FEEL YOUR LIFE HAS NO QUALITY, AND IF DRS. FEEL YOU CAN'T PAY FOR IT!"

The Law, Texas Futile Care Bill was passed in 1999 and amended two years ago.
Burke Balch is director of National Right to Life's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics.
They helped to write the Bill!

A patient's inability to pay for medical care combined with a prognosis that renders further care futile are two reasons a hospital might suggest cutting off life support, the chief medical officer at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital said Monday.

"My husband comes from Athens, Greece, and he loves the United States," she said. "I just can't believe total strangers can come into my family and intervene and say, 'We're going to pull the plug on your husband.'"

Welcome to AmeriKa!