They keep you in a vegetative state to preserve the hospital's reputation

Sometimes the reality Beats fiction This has happened in a hospital in New Jersey, where for a year they kept a patient in a vegetative state and not because he or the family they would have requested it, but because the medical staff wanted to keep the survival rate statistics, which were used to evaluate their program of heart transplant, as published a report of 'ProPublica'.

Dr. Mark Zucker, director of the hospital's lung and transplant programs said in a private meeting: "I am not sure that it is ethical, moral or correct, but we do it for the global good of the future transplant patients"Indeed, it was morally reprehensible, in fact it is an incredible violation of the medical ethics and not only because the family could not decide on the patient's situation, but because the vegetative state It is not the same as coma: being in that state for more than a year implies that the patient is unlikely to recover, but nevertheless, he may feel pain and discomfort. Therefore, hospital staff prioritized their own prerogatives over quality of life of their patients, as 'Live Science' reports.

A nightmare

Vegetative and comatose patients retain a certain function of the brainstem, which means that they maintain a certain ability to breathe on their own and exhibit other reflexes, such as pupil dilation in response to bright lights, according to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. However, comatose do not open their eyes or speak. Your condition may resolve in a few days or weeks, or they may progress to a vegetative state.

It may not be ethical but we do it for future patients, we need to keep him alive until June 30 at least

In this case, the patient was called Darrel Young, was 61 years old and underwent heart transplant surgery on September 21, 2018 in the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He never woke up and was in a vegetative state. If he had died, the survival rate of heart transplant program of the hospital would have fallen to 84.2%, which would have caused the federal government scrutiny. "We need to keep him alive until June 30 at least," Zucker says in a recording.

Therefore, from the depths of his vegetative state, Darrel Young occasionally opened his eyes. Although we have the idea that people in such a condition do not move, the truth is that they can actually do it, also moan and open their eyes, in addition to involuntary muscle movements and react to loud sounds or pain. They can also exhibit wakefulness and sleep cycles, which means they continue to wake up in the morning and sleep at night as they would when they were healthy.

People in a vegetative state can groan and open their eyes, in addition to involuntary movements and react to sounds or pains

From the depths of his vegetative state, Darrel Young occasionally opened his eyes, according to ProPublica, but his medical records indicated that he "did not follow orders," so his brain had been clearly damagedin fact suffered injuries during operation. Doctors have trouble predicting whether a person will recover after an injury of such caliber, although monitor different activity patterns brain might help, as well as nerve stimulation (even in patients who have been in that state for more than 15 years), according to a 2017 study.

But in general it is considered unlikely that they will recover if they have been in that state for more than four weeks. They can be kept that way as long as doctors provide care of standard support which includes nutrition (usually through a feeding tube), give a physiotherapy program to prevent the muscles from seizing up and work to prevent disease or infection development.

During the entire time he spent in the hospital, Young was treated for pneumonia, strokes, seizures and a fungal infection, according to the research report. He managed to overcome his first anniversary after the operation, and so Newark Beth Israel fulfilled its transplant survivors fee.