Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Case of Francisco Alegre

From: Tana Victa tanavicta525@yahoo.com

My nephew, Francisco Alegre, had a bicycle accident that broke his ankle in the early 1990's. He was taken to the St Luke's Medical Center to undergo an operation where the doctors would insert a metal bar. In the operating table after being given anesthesia, doctors claim he went into a cardiac arrest. The doctors decided against the operation to drill (for the metal screw hold on the metal bar) and instead set the broken bone in place and cast it. My nephew never regained consciousness. He has been bed-ridden, for more than 10 years. I do not know the medical terms for his condition, but with the eyes of a layman like me, he looks like he is mentally retarded. He sleeps, he wakes up. He cannot eat but is fed through a feeding tube straight to his stomach. He is being cared for 24 hours by a nurse, sometimes, a therapist.

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