Coronavirus patients with Down's 'could be left to die to save medical supplies'
Prioritizing measures have been suggested for doctors as the United States grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak which is seemingly out of control
Measures have been suggested for doctors on who to prioritize for treatment as the country grapples with an outbreak seemingly out of control.Disability advocates say they are 'disturbed' by the guidelines published by the state of Alabama on rationing ventilators should the pandemic stretch their resources.
New guidance published Alabama officials says that ‘persons with severe mental retardation, advanced dementia or severe traumatic brain injury may be poor candidates for ventilator support.’It goes on to say that ‘persons with severe or profound mental retardation, moderate to severe dementia, or catastrophic neurological complications such as persistent vegetative state are unlikely candidates for ventilator support.’
Similar guidance has been issued in Washington and Arizona, with medics in the latter state instructed to ‘allocate resources to patients whose need is greater or whose prognosis is more likely to result in a positive outcome with limited resources.’Disability advocacy groups have filed complaints against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for further clarification on the guidance.
They are are seeking assurances that disabled people will not be discriminated against when it comes to receiving emergency care.Those same groups say many of the 7million Americans who live with such disabilities are already at higher risk of Covid-19 because they often live in group homes – a known hotspot for deadly outbreaks of the virus.
HHS spokesman Roger Severino has insisted that US civil rights laws ‘protect the equal dignity of every human being from ruthless utilitarianism,’ but experts have questioned whether those laws will still be applied during a nationwide medical crisis.
Ari Ne’erman, a scholar at the Lurie Institiute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, said: "What we’re seeing here is a clash between disability rights law and ruthless utilitarian logic."What this is really about at the end of the day is whether our civil-rights laws still apply in a pandemic. I think that’s a pretty core question as to who we are as a country."
News website Tuscon.com also highlighted the tragic death of Emily Wallace, a 67 year-old woman with Down's syndrome who was infected with Covid-19 at her Georgia care home, and later died.Wallace previously hit the headlines after she and husband Richard became the first couple with Down's syndrome in Georgia to marry, with the pair living happily until Richard’s death in 2018.
She then moved into a care home, where she was infected by a care worker who had previously caught the virus.Read More Coronavirus outbreak Wallace already had a ‘do not resuscitate’ order in place, meaning medics did not attempt to try and save her.Professor Michael Berube, whose son Jamie, 28, has Down's syndrome, said: "It would be a very rare person who sees a person with Down's syndrome as innately as valuable and as able to contribute to society as anybody else.Read more: Daily Mirror »
Well this sounds like scare mongering to me.... Harsh world, but yes if you had two people you could save, one Down, one normal.... Of course you choose to save the functional one. that is just murder Not acceptable - never acceptable. Treat according to need - and that’s it! Good save the space for the normals.
What a load of Cr*p. Believe that and you’ll believe anything 🙄 Fascist eugenics policies now in play, they will be ignored by BBCnews & itvnews of course! How can you print this bullshit ? Have you no shame? Disgusting scaremongering Ridiculous .. This is insane.. it should not be heard at all. Is he not a human being?.
Does anyone read these articles before unleashing their fury on Twitter? 1. In the US, not the Uk 2. In State of Alabama only, one of the least progressive parts of the US 3. A poor interpretation of guidelines and a stretch at best 4. Shameful political posturing by Mirror What a load of shit. See the word. ' could ' and realise they are bullshitting!
No way that’s true You should be ashamed, why would you post that!? Disgusting If this is true its totally disgusting and cruel and this country should be ashamed of its self. dontbuythemirror If true then it’s beyond insane.. max I had as regular passenger with downs deserves better protection more than most what we call same fit and what we call normal ppl.. What a disgrace..
So the ones who escaped the abortionists you mean? You’re sick and evil Where do you get these scoops from talk about scaremongering Media... aweful media More bull from Jeremy Corbyn favourite paper 🤣🤣 You forgot to put in the US. This is totally unacceptable. What the hell is wrong with Britain? That clear hate crime
Why would this even be true? What absolute bollocks. Nope, not right at all!! How can that be right . Shocking! Who writes this stuff, Stephen King? Is this just scaremongering by this paper? If so it’s extremely bad taste and you should be held accountable for it ! I had a cry over this and it isn’t even true
Shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) appear to be widespread across the health service and include GP practices as well as hospitals. Doctors are angry about Public Health England’s new advice issued last week which reduces the level of the PPE that staff need to wear More fake news from the mirror I hope
Never! What comes after that the disabled then criminals then the older ones what age do we class as older 40, 50, 60. Which, murders, burglars. Where does it end and who is going to play god This tweet is designed so you click the link and contribute to their advertising income, just don't click the link
Huh?😩 No bloody way ........ If there's a shortage of ventilators doctors will have no choice 2prioritise who have most chance of surviving,people with downs will NOT b left 2die 2save supplies at all,& this is NOT UK policy so shame on u dailymirror reporting it like that is scaremongering & SHAMEFUL.
May God forgive. !!!!!!!! Jeeez That would be the most disgusting thing ever done in humanity. Katie383980 Wtf! My son we have SOTOS syndrome do not tell me he’s life is not worth to be saved !!!! Ffs I know for fact these ppl are bugging to leave this guy to die because of supplies?!? Someone needs to rescue him his human. Not a freak!
I don’t believe that for one minute. Their parents won’t let that happen Hell no - they are smarter than most idiots without it!! God forbid! No child should suffer Irregardless of condition 😡😡😡 Rudy48053087 Bollocks. This is disgusting, it cannot possibly be true Only this bitter rag would report something like this just putting more fear into people that's why only the paristies of society buy this rag It's not fit to burn
Are you serious No it won’t. As someone has said, ‘not while I am here!’ Katie383980 This is disgusting were All equals in this life, no one more worthy than the other.. What a selfish world we live in... That’s disgusting 😭 ...mejor con los mentes de criminal que se les ocurre estas cosas... I didn't just read what I thought I did. I refuse to believe I did.
Is this where we are? Every life is worth saving! Stop this stupidness, fake news! What!! Says who ? You fuck Wit This is what Hitler would have done!!.....don't you even think about it!..😡👎 Not reading it ... it will make me so angry !! Right now in Madrid Drs are having to let over 65s die so younger people can have the ventilators
They are having to make these decisions in Italy and Spain as there aren't enough ventilators, meanwhile our Govt turned down offers from Euro and companies here to make more WHAAAT?!?!? Please tell me this fake news 😲😭💔😡 What?!? That’s terrible! DBCooper worked Boeing If this is true it is heartbreaking but to the parents of downs children in America totally unbelievably cruel
Who writes this shit!!!! Tories first Load of bollocks ? Not while I’m still alive and can protest. Shazzyrm Wtaff Am I reading this right absolutely disgusting Why the hell are yous allowed to get away with saying shit like this 🤬🤬 Scaremongering. Not true at all !!! This cannot be true... No. The UK is not putting people with learning difficulties or with cerebral palsy in this bracket. I have checked as I was concerned. They are not being put in the frail bracket.
Not true No way he is the same as anyone else and in fact I bet his heart is purer and more living than the majority of people.. god bless him. Conservatives had months to prepare Britain for this, now the NHS will be forced to triage sufferers and 'prioritise' saving the 'most valued', as decreed by bottom dwelling Conservatives like MattHancock. These are the loved ones BorisJohnson told us to prepare to watch die.
EXCUSE ME!!! What on earth. Will this apply to Trump then!? Disgusting policy. Also they have a strict abortion law in Alabama but yet they support selection for death, or genocide!!! Glad I don’t live there. In the US. Ffs, misleading headline AGAIN Shameless untrue journalism Disgusting 😡 May God keep everyone safe.Amen
What fresh hell is this U.S.A.? MARCUS1961UK So much for prolife Alabama Omg I'm sat here shaking, my daughter as downsyndrome, please god this carnt be true They've got as much right to receive medical treatment as anyone else...this isn't Nazi Germany. That's just sick and cruel This is absolutely dreadful, discussing words fail me!!!!!
How brutal you are! Are u serious? Who gives you the power to decide on peoples' lives? Who is the God now to decide? This can’t be true? This is toally horrendous what is the world turning into! This is inhuman,I am very happy that my autistic son has more care than my normal children here In UK That’s ridiculous
That’s evil, who gave them the right to steal away their lives? Shocking and discriminating. That's evil Pure evil Disgusting thing to say or suggest billyrufc4 That almost seems like death panels will decide who lives & dies. It says In the US and it said the measures were suggested. The US wouldn't do that at all.
I think you should clarify in your headline this is America you are referring to, not that makes it better, but this is an extremely concerning ‘story’ to publish without facts. Delete. This is completely unacceptable and wrong as all life is precious and valuable 😢😢😡😡. RIGHT STEPHEN POWIS SAID IT WOULD BE A GREAT RESULT IF ONLY 20,00 WAS TO DIE, YES HIS WORDS ARE WE WOULD BE LUCKY IF 20,000, SO EVERYONE WHAT DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT, ALSO YESTERDAY THE GOVERNMENT SAID IT WOULD FOLLOW ALL THE OTHER COUNTRIES IN FULL LOCKDOWN (1/*)
HAVE THEY NO THEY ARE INTENDING TO BRING THOUSANDS HOME WHO COULD BE SUPER-SPREADERS BACK INTO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THEY LEFT WHEN THEY WERE WARNED THAT THE CORONAVIRUS COVID19 WAS ON THE INCREASE BUT THEY STILL LEFT THEN GOT TRAPPED WHOS FAULT WAS THAT, LOOK (2/*) IF WE DO NOT STAND UP TOGETHER AGAINST THE CONSERVATIVES GOVERNMENT THOUSANDS MORE OF OUR FAMILIES ARE GOING TO DIE THIS IS FACT, THE NHS FRONT LINE ARE GETTING PLASTIC APRONS WHAT WE USED YEARS AGO LOOK ONLINE IN OTHER COUNTRIES THEY ARE WEARING FULL (3/*)
PROTECTION SUITS, REMEMBER I TOLD YOU A FEW DAYS AGO THAT THE EQUIPMENT THAT WAS GIVEN, WAS MADE IN 2004 16 YEARS OLD IT SHOWS THAT THE CONSERVATIVES GOVERNMENT ARE DOING THIS ON THE CHEAP, WHY DO YOU THINK THEY HAVE ASKED FOR VOLUNTEERS UNTIL FRIDAY THEY (4/*) DID NOT EVEN WEAR GLOVES PUTTING THEM AT VERY HIGH RISK IF THEY ARE DOING THIS TO THE NHS WELL THE REST OF US HAVE NO CHANCE, THEY SAID THEY WAS RUNNING LOW ON TESTING KITS REASONS THEY GAVE MILLIONS OF TESTING KITS TO VIETNAM, THI IS ALL FACTS THE TRUTH THIS (5/*)
IS WHY I CAME ONLINE TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH FROM THE BEGINNING, WE KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS COVID19, SO KNOW ONE KNOWS WHEN THIS WILL END LOOK AT JAPAN THE PEOPLE THERE IT DROPPED A LOT BUT IT HAS NOW STARTED UP AGAIN JUST AS PROFESSOR JOHN ASHTON (6/*) AND MYSELF HAD SAID COULD HAPPEN, THE CONSERVATIVES GOVERNMENT BORIS JOHNSON MATT HANCOCK SIR CHRIS WITTY SIR PATRICK VALLANCE MEDICAL DIRECTOR STEPHEN POWIS, HAVE LIED TO YOU CONTINUALLY NOT ONE WORD OF TRUTH FROM THERE MOUTHS HAS COME OUT OF THEM, REMEMBER (7/*)
THESE PEOPLE WANTED TO HERD YOU WHICH MEANS LETTING THOUSANDS OF US GET INFECTED WHICH MEANS PEOPLE SAT RIGHT NEXT TO YOU WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY, AND REMEMBER THESE WORDS IT WOULD BE A GREAT RESULT IF ONLY 20,000 OF YOU DIED AND IT WOULD BE A LUCKY (8/*) RESULT, TOO ME 1 PERSON DYING IS 1 TO MANY, I AM ASKING YOU AS ONE OF YOU TO NOT TAKE ANY RISKS PLEASE HOPEFULLY WHEN YOU AND MYSELF GET OUT THE OTHER SIDE I WOULD LIKE MEET YOU, KEEP YOUR SELVES AND FAMILIES SAFE Kindest Regards, Mr Mark O G Anderson-Baker (9/*)
MARCUS1961UK (10/*) RIGHT STEPHEN POWIS SAID IT WOULD BE A GREAT RESULT IF ONLY 20,00 WAS TO DIE, YES HIS (cont)
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