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2006-01-19 16:20:54

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Officials on Thursday suspended plans to end life support for an 11-year-old girl beaten into a coma, saying her condition had changed, just two days after a court cleared the way for her to be allowed to die. Haleigh's death could lead to murder charges against her stepfather, Jason Strickland, 31, an auto mechanic accused of battering her but who had fought to keep her on life support. Massachusetts state officials said doctors would run more tests...

2006-01-18 14:40:18

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' officials and doctors were deciding on Wednesday when to end life support for an 11-year-old girl beaten into a vegetative state, following a court ruling that she had a right to die. Doctors will run tests on Haleigh Poutre after the Supreme Judicial Court, the state's top court, decided on Tuesday that her breathing machines and feeding tubes could be disconnected. The court's decision adds fuel to America's divisive "right to die"...

2006-01-18 12:33:55

BOSTON (Reuters) - An 11-year-old girl beaten so badly she is in a permanent vegetative state can be taken off life support, Massachusetts' top court has ruled in a case that adds fuel to America's divisive "right to die" debate. State officials will soon decide when to disconnect the breathing machines and feeding tubes keeping Haleigh Poutre alive after Tuesday's Supreme Judicial Court decision, which could lead to murder charges against her stepfather. Her stepfather, Jason...

2006-01-05 12:59:05

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was under sedation on Thursday following surgery for a massive brain hemorrhage, was not in a vegetative state and had retained brain and heart functions, Israeli television said. Channel Two cited an official at Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital as the source of its report.

2006-01-05 12:46:54

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was under sedation on Thursday following surgery for a massive brain hemorrhage, was not in a vegetative state and had retained brain and heart functions, Israeli television said. Channel Two cited an official at Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital as the source of its report.

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2005-12-24 09:50:00

Researcher says viewers could gain unrealistic expectations of condition When is a coma nothing like a coma? When it's a fictional coma, as depicted on the wildly popular daytime dramas warming the electronic hearths of America's living rooms. A new study suggests, perhaps unsurprisingly, that soaped-up comas are fanciful constructs that have little to do with the real thing -- leading the public to draw false conclusions about the true and serious nature of an actual coma. "It's unnerving...

2005-12-06 19:26:54

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - A man facing a possible murder charge for beating his stepdaughter so badly she is in a permanent vegetative state asked Massachussetts' top court on Tuesday to keep her alive in a case that highlights the divisive "right to die" issue in America. Jason Strickland, a 31-year-old auto mechanic, is accused of battering 11-year-old Haleigh Poutre, whose brain was found partly sheared when she was hospitalized on September 11. Her body was covered with...

2005-10-05 13:34:46

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - An Italian man who spent two years supposedly unconscious in a deep coma, written off by doctors as nearly-dead, awoke saying he heard and understood everything happening around him during the long ordeal, his family said. Salvatore Crisafulli, a father of four, is describing his case as a "miracle" which proves that lost causes are anything but hopeless and his recovery appeared to strengthen the hand of Italians opposed to end-of-life solutions....

2005-09-08 14:45:00

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic neurologists have created the first new, reliable and easy-to-use clinical tool in 30 years for measuring coma depth, a proposed replacement for the Glasgow Coma Scale. The new scoring system, called the FOUR (Full Outline of UnResponsiveness) Score, will be described in the October issue of Annals of Neurology, to be published online Friday, Sept. 9. When using the FOUR Score, evaluators assign a score of zero to four in each of four categories, including...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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