Parents are the ultimate care takers for young children. No doubt, there are fears that most parents dread, including but not limited to broken bones, bullying, abuse and/or neglect. The greatest fear, however, is reported as grief associated with the death and burial of one's own offspring, their seed - your child!
What happens when the regular tasks of parents get questioned? Like, does your child need braces, and at what age is this sometimes painful procedure appropriate? How about driving ... should a 16 year old really be trusted with a 2-ton automobile, even if the law says it's legal? Today, parents are even forced to make decisions around cell phones and tablets for the very young child. There is high risk for unwanted predators o the negative, but also much-needed resources on the Internet ... What is a parent to do?
With simple day to day tasks that come along with a desire to parent effectively, no parent wants to outlive their child. Here is a tale of two families, and after you have read and formulated an opinion about the tale of two dilemma, feel free to comment.
In California, a 13 year old girl is admitted into the hospital on December 9th for a Tonsillectomy, and the unthinkable happens! According to authorities, little Jahi went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced brain dead a few days later. The McMath family are faith-filled believers who are demanding the hospital keep their little loved one alive, but in this case, hospitals have no obligation to keep patients alive on life support by California state law.
Here's a video about the family's ordeal and their plea to the courts to keep Jahi alive. Right now, the family has until Monday, January 7, 2014. At that time, the hospital can pull the plug. Her family believes it to be malpractice:
The opposite extreme is going down in Texas, where an unborn baby (18 week fetus) is in the balance after Eric Munos found his pregnant wife unconscious 2 days after Thanksgiving. Both he and his wife are paramedics who according to Mr. Munos, had decided early in their relationship that under no circumstances were they to be put on life support. He would like for the hospital to pull the plug and allow his wife to die peacefully, but they can't grant his wishes. Texas law prevents pulling life support on pregnant women. They are considering delivery of the baby at 25 weeks, which is still quite risky.
What would you do if you teenage child went into the hospital for a routine surgery that's been around for over 3,000 years with success? The procedure happens almost 2,000 daily across the country, and there is very little evidence that the procedure could prove lethal. Would you be confused? Angry? Upset? Would you fight to keep your child alive?
On the other hand, if you were Eric Munos, would you fight to actually pull the plug on your wife and unborn child. Do you think he's already said his good-bye, or is he simply making an attempt to honor her wishes?
Either way, it's a heartfelt and grievous time for both families, and prayer is most-likely the remedy for each. Death and dying are the inevitable for each human, and the plug will certainly be pulled from the sky at the appointed time. Therefore, as we ring out 2013 and welcome in 2014, don't be afraid to dream - you just never know when life comes to a complete halt.
If you would like to help the McMath family and support their effort to move Jahi to another facility in New York, contact her Mom, Latasha Nailah Winkfield.