After hearing about the patient with the cranial gun-shot who survived and recovered consciousness, I was especially interested to get the AAPS news email about a patient in Texas, thought to be non-recoverable, who is now moving and responding. This story, in addition to other similar cases, has prompted legislators to hold hearings about amending the law which currently allows doctors in Texas to impose a ten-day ultimatum on the families of patients whose care is supposed to be “futile,” saying that they have ten days to transfer the patient to another facility (which involves persuading another doctor to assume care of the patient), or else the current team will “withdraw care,” ie turn off the ventilator and other support systems and let/cause the patient to die.

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