persistent vegetative state


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persistent vegetative state

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(Medicine) med an irreversible condition, resulting from brain damage, characterized by lack of consciousness, thought, and feeling, although reflex activities (such as breathing) continue. Abbreviation: PVS
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If you understand what it means to be in a persistent vegetative state, the person simply cannot experience physical discomfort," said St.
The keen golfer was left in a persistent vegetative state by injuries to his brain.
When I was asked to do this I was of the opinion that it was not obligatory to provide persons in a persistent vegetative state with medically assisted nutrition and hydration.
The major media treat as a given that Terri Schiavo was in a persistent vegetative state (PVS).
She had been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years before her feeding tube was removed on March 18.
By that time, Karen Ann Quinlan had entered a different level of unconsciousness--a persistent vegetative state.
APALLIC syndrome is sometimes called persistent vegetative state, which is longterm unconsciousness or coma caused by serious brain damage.
DeLay assured the Religious Right gathering that he would continue to support a federal law that would overturn a Florida judge's ruling to disconnect feeding tubes from Schiavo, who had been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years.
The hospital says Ms Doran, who is from an Irish travelling family living in Oil Street off the city centre Dock Road is already in a persistent vegetative state and will never improve.
If facts matter, then some certainty has been established about the case of Terri Schiavo: She was in a persistent vegetative state, she could neither see nor swallow, there was no reasonable hope for improvement, and her husband, Michael, had not abused her.
This is not the same as the Schiavo case in America, though I believe her husband was right arguing that his wife should not exist further in a persistent vegetative state.
Most polls and the media made the unsubstantiated "diagnosis" that Terri is "in a persistent vegetative state," and then the polls asked the respondents (with an equal lack of credentials) to make their own diagnosis.

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