The owner of the court number six of Alcalá de Henares has accepted the injunction requested by Christian Lawyers so that a woman with neurodegenerative disease continues receiving the corresponding treatment or resuscitation in case the patient needs it. The family of María Teresa Blanco, who is admitted to the Prince of Asturias Hospital in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), requested this measure on Tuesday in response to the doctors' refusal to resuscitate her in case of cardiorespiratory arrest. As a precautionary measure, it is not a decision that goes to the heart of the matter or that is final. It is also actionable.
Blanco is admitted to the hospital in Alcalá since July 4. He entered with a serious prognosis of sepsis and has already entered in recent years more than 20 times. The doctors warned the brothers that it would not be convenient to resuscitate her if she went into cardiorespiratory arrest because "that intervention would be too aggressive for her," said the brother, Máximo Blanco. For that reason, the family asked the judge for a precautionary measure against the doctors' position.
For its part, the hospital has also gone to court because they consider that these measures on a patient so weakened pose a "therapeutic harrassment" that "would not benefit" the patient. In addition, hospital sources say, they go to the judge to defend themselves against the "intimidating attitude of the family with medical professionals".
The judge's order maintains that, given that the patient is at this moment "clinically stable" and her "clinical evolution is favorable" even though her condition is of severe physical and psychological impairment "there is no reason or justification, strictly medical, or at least it is not exposed in the reports sent by the hospital center, to stop applying the corresponding treatment ". Even if it is a resuscitation that the "patient might need because of his clinical evolution".
"The medical decision," continues the car should be taken "at the time it is presented" following the clinical evolution, with full respect for the autonomy of the patient or person who legally represents him, "and always oriented to health protection in the terms provided "in the law. The judge insists that "the appropriate consents of the legal representative of the patient" should be sought.
Christian Lawyers yesterday showed their satisfaction with this measure and the organization is waiting for other judicial decisions that may arise from the different legal procedures that are open or that the hospital could open.
María Teresa Blanco suffers from a neurodegenerative ataxia that keeps her speechless and barely moving, but the family defends that she interacts with the brothers, "who laughs and pouts when they leave the room, like a small child". Máximo Blanco criticized on Tuesday the "insistence" with which the hospital told them they would not resuscitate the patient in the event of a stop. Even, they say, some doctor dissuaded them saying that "this treatment would be very expensive", always according to the version of Tere's brother, as they call her at home.
Juan José Rodríguez Sendín, who chairs the deontology commission of the College of Physicians of Toledo, explained that "it is the duty of doctors to suspend their activity if they see that with it they cause an unnecessary lengthening of the patient's life". "This is not euthanasia in any case," he said, something the family did refer to in those terms.
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