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Read this heart-breaking but inspiring CNN story about a woman who died after 42 years in a coma -- a world record -- her family's unstoppable love for her -- and how in her vegetative state -- she managed to inspire countless people all around the world!

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I read the whole story, and if something like that ever happened to me, I only pray that my family would accept the fact that the only thing left in the hospital bed was an empty shell, pull the plug and get on with the rest of their lives.
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I read the whole story, and if something like that ever happened to me, I only pray that my family would accept the fact that the only thing left in the hospital bed was an empty shell, pull the plug and get on with the rest of their lives.

Hopefully this is something you have communicated with your loved ones -- or even better, committed in writing in a durable power of attorney.

In the case of the coma woman, she was a terrified 16 year old girl before succumbing to her coma.  And mom being mom, her mother stayed at her side until the day of her own death.  Wow. Can words ever describe a mother's love?

Also heart warming was the doctor's commitment to treating his patient for free -- over 42 years!


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I read the whole story, and if something like that ever happened to me, I only pray that my family would accept the fact that the only thing left in the hospital bed was an empty shell, pull the plug and get on with the rest of their lives.

Hopefully this is something you have communicated with your loved ones -- or even better, committed in writing in a durable power of attorney.

In the case of the coma woman, she was a terrified 16 year old girl before succumbing to her coma.  And mom being mom, her mother stayed at her side until the day of her own death.  Wow.  Can words ever describe a mother's love?

Andrea Yates killed her kids believing that doing so would assure that they would be in everlasting happiness with Jesus, even though by doing so she believed that she would spend eternity in hell.

Not all sacrifices are to be admired.
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I read the whole story, and if something like that ever happened to me, I only pray that my family would accept the fact that the only thing left in the hospital bed was an empty shell, pull the plug and get on with the rest of their lives.

Hopefully this is something you have communicated with your loved ones -- or even better, committed in writing in a durable power of attorney.

In the case of the coma woman, she was a terrified 16 year old girl before succumbing to her coma.  And mom being mom, her mother stayed at her side until the day of her own death.  Wow.  Can words ever describe a mother's love?

Andrea Yates killed her kids believing that doing so would assure that they would be in everlasting happiness with Jesus, even though by doing so she believed that she would spend eternity in hell.

Not all sacrifices are to be admired.

I don't think anyone (maybe except you) will confuse a mother's devotion over 42 years with Andrea's moment of breakdown (or whatever) as being even remotely comparable.


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I read the whole story, and if something like that ever happened to me, I only pray that my family would accept the fact that the only thing left in the hospital bed was an empty shell, pull the plug and get on with the rest of their lives.

Hopefully this is something you have communicated with your loved ones -- or even better, committed in writing in a durable power of attorney.

In the case of the coma woman, she was a terrified 16 year old girl before succumbing to her coma.  And mom being mom, her mother stayed at her side until the day of her own death.  Wow.  Can words ever describe a mother's love?

Andrea Yates killed her kids believing that doing so would assure that they would be in everlasting happiness with Jesus, even though by doing so she believed that she would spend eternity in hell.

Not all sacrifices are to be admired.

I don't think anyone (maybe except you) will confuse a mother's devotion over 42 years with Andrea's moment of breakdown (or whatever) as being even remotely comparable.

It amazes how many people lack the ability to reason between analogous situations.

Reminds of the time a friend said he was going to plant an apple in the backyard because he thought it would grow into a tree that had dollar bills for leaves.  

When I pointed out to him that his attempt to plant an orange in his back yard for the same purpose the previous year was a failure, he just replied "you are mixing up apples with oranges."

And so say you the same.
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Most pathetic story I have seen in a long time.

Life is for living, not for sitting and watching a vegetable.  I wonder who this mother was abandoning with this stupid vigil.

Ben, what is it that you are so afraid of??


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Afraid?  Au contraire.

I don't see love, devotion and sacrifice -- freely given -- as pathetic at all.

My folks are in their upper 70s and 80s -- still in pretty robust health.  As of now, I've been pretty free to travel around the world and all... yeah, living life, but when the time comes when they need me, I WANT to be able to take care of them.  Not out of heroism or matyrdom -- but because they gave me so much.  Something about being loved and loving in return.

But we won't know until we are there.  I hope I will do a good 'job' of loving in return.  And I find this story absolutely inspiring.  As did the doctor -- and most everybody else who lived  the story.  YMMV.


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