Mirranda Grace Lawson

Mirranda Grace Lawson I spoke to the parents, (Patrick and Allison Lawson) of Mirranda Grace by phone several weeks ago, right after Mirranda had been on life support due to choking on a piece of popcorn. A friend of mine from W. Virginia contacted me.

I was able to connect them to Dr. Paul Byne to help them in their fight to save Mirranda.

Dr. Paul A. Byrne is a Board Certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician. He is the Founder of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. He is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Toledo, College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.

Dr. Byrne is past-President of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), formerly Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He was Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Pediatric Department at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the City of Faith Medical and Research Center in Tulsa, OK.

Mirranda choked on popcorn on May 11th.  Miranda had a lack of oxygen resulting in her being in an unconscious comatose state but still alive. When a person, especially a young person, is unconscious and on a ventilator, the desire is to get their vital organs for transplantation into others who have a greater lobby.

Within a few days the doctors and hospital were presenting to the parents that Mirranda was “brain dead.” However, they could not confirm “brain death” without doing the crucial and lethal apnea test.

On Thursday, June 9. After the judge heard the testimonies, the judge said he would rule on Friday, June 10. His ruling was that the doctors and the hospital could carry out the testing and evaluation at their discretion.

The judge heard testimony that the removal of the ventilator from Miranda could only harm her and possibly kill her. Yet he ruled that the doctors and the hospital could remove Miranda’s life support.

Parents you must be fully informed and armed with the truth before such a decision is forced upon you at the time of greatest distress.

Part of every declaration “brain death” is the apnea test which is not for the benefit of the patient.  It is the last so-called “clinical” test to achieve the declaration of “brain death.”     

I know you have heard me loud and clear many times on this blog, and it is the first thing I tell people when they call, DO NOT DO THE APNEA TEST.

The need for a ventilator doesn’t mean the brain is permanently incapacitated or ones’ health cannot be restored!  This “life support” device is a supplement to the patient’s compromised, weakened physical condition and is necessary for providing the patient with oxygen while removing carbon dioxide during the most crucial period. Time and continued medical care are necessary for the ongoing treatment to protect and preserve the patient’s life. The ventilator provides the patient and physician this valuable time as it eases the patient’s distressed respiratory system allowing time for therapy and healing.     

Knowing full well how critical the ventilator is, to withdraw it when it is needed most is absurd! Yet, it is planned for the patient to be taken off for up to 10 minutes – the patient can only get worse! This test is sometimes lethal. Make sure to instruct all medical staff:  “DO NOT DO AN APNEA TEST!”

Associate Professor Cicero Galli Coimbra, Head of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Department at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil has completed the study, “Implications of ischemic penumbra for the diagnosis of brain death. Apnoea testing may induce rather than diagnose brain death”.[20]

The study discovers that where there is brain damage there may be an area of the brain that is destroyed plus an uninjured section (even if there is no apparent function) and between the two a penumbra where brain cells are not functioning but recoverable. In severe cases a person may be wrongly declared “brain stem dead” or “brain dead”.

Coimbra’s research shows that the testing for “brain death” both delays treatment for the patient and that the actual apnoea test may bring on that state.

Coimbra CG (1999) Implications of ischaemic penumbra for the diagnosis of brain death. Brazilian J Med Biol Res; 32:1538-1545 Study available athttp://www.unifesp.br/dneuro/brdeath.html… Accessed 8 May 2007

 Professor Coimbra echoes this wisdom with a knell of mourning:

“… a review of the literature shows that some of even the most severely head-injured patients (GCS of 3 or 4, with pupils fixed to light) who are not subjected to apnoea may recover to normal life. Early labelling of these patients as dead (for transplant purposes) during the past 3 decades has diverted medical researchers away from developing novel therapeutic resources that could already have saved many thousands of human lives throughout the world.”[30]

The family has set up a GoFundMe page for Mirranda. If you can’t donate please pray for the Lawson family and Mirranda Grace.

Success stories of people declared brain dead waking up.

 

 

Source: Judge rules OK to stop ventilator for 10 minutes

Strength

June 12, 2016 — Leave a comment

Strength

Many people have said to me over the last 4 years, you are so strong, your faith is so strong, your family is so strong. I have tried to explain that I/we are not strong and what strength you see is not us but our deep abiding faith in God.

I’ve thought about this a lot over the last few years. What makes people think I/we are so strong? 

The Caulk Family It most certainly is not the fact that we are strong! It is not the fact that we don’t share our sadness and grief, it is certainly not the fact that all of us have not been a hot mess throughout our journey of grief the last four years. 

ALL people suffer in life that is a fact. No one escapes the fact that at times life is hard. We are all human and life on earth will never be perfect. 

We could have gone silently into the night and avoided the discussion or we could share openly and remember them. We talk about them publicly and privately, because Mike, Jamie, and Lillian are loved and not a day goes by that we don’t think about them. 

When you raise five kids as Mike use to say, “someone is always having a bad day.” He would say this when we were trying to go somewhere and a have a good family day and one of the children was sad, crying or didn’t want to go.

I have found this is the same way as we walk through our grief. Someone in our family is always having a bad day, no rhythm or reason…just hit with waves of grief. No one sees that day coming but we understand it. We do our best to love each other through it and know that it will pass and tomorrow it will be someone else’s to have a bad day. 

We talk about them because Mike, Jamie,and Lillian are never far from our minds. Contrary to what most people think we want to hear their name’s and hear stories they shared with our loved ones.  In many ways, we have moved on and yet we haven’t. But, I/we have ALL changed. 

As I sit on my deck this cool, Michigan morning I am thinking of each of my children and how out of their pain and grief we have all grown closer to God and grown in our empathy for other people’s suffering. 

For me personally, when I hear stories of Chad, Justina, Jahi my heart breaks for the pain their families endure and I can pray with compassion. I know them and their pain all too well, I see it in their eyes and read it in their posts. 

Our priorities in this life are just NOT the same

We emphasize and weep with those who are suffering and we can’t just scroll through Facebook and causally say, “I will pray for you”. We pray or we don’t say we will.  We understand their pain because we have felt it…experienced it. 

So when folks say, “your family is so strong” I believe what they are really saying is not that we are strong but that we are vulnerable and have tried to share our journey authentically with others and not avoid the conversation of our grief, pain, and faith.  

In this world in which we now live, full of sound bites and social media our family has done our best to not hide in a closet or pretend all is right in our world, all of the time.  I think people identify with that because everyone at one time or the other is going through something. Sometimes it is hard to be vulnerable and lay it all there and yet speaking the truth is many time’s not easy regardless if the conversation is about grief or anything.  

When we lay it all out there for you to read we are being vulnerable, we are sharing who we are, our true selves, our grief, pain, and HOPE. This is who and what we are and forever will be.

We haven’t pretended life is good ALL the time because life on planet Earth is never void of pain for any of us. Yet no one wants to talk about pain or suffering on Social Media and especially not death. We have also shared what we do know and that is that God is good ALL the time even in the midst of our pain and sorrow. 

…even when we question WHY?

God is good and someday we will know, and understand. (Although we are not convinced it will even matter when we get there and are reunited with our loved ones’ forever. 

C S Lewis referred to earth as a Shadowland. A preparation for the reality of what is to come. Where nothing will block the light of the sun/son and we will SEE the real thing…Jesus, Heaven, Earth as it was meant to be. 

“Farewell to Shadowlands” is the title of the last chapter of the book The Last Battle, the last book in The Chronicles of Narnia series.  On the last page, C. S. Lewis writes:

“There was  a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are–as you used to call it in the Shadowlands–dead.  The term is over:  the holidays have begun.  The dream is ended:  this is the morning.”

And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them.  And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after.  But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. 

All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page:  now at last they were beginning chapter one of the Great Story which no one on earth has read:  which goes on forever:  in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

So the Caulk’s are weak, and yet we are strong, but the strength is not from us or what you think you see in our family but comes from the Creator of the Universe who projects His strength through us and in us. Who is STILL changing us and molding us into His image. 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. I Corinthians 12:9-10

Mike CaulkI miss you today, Mike and I can’t believe it has been three years.  A normal day that changed us forever. 

You leaving us does not change us for the worst but allowed us to believe more than ever, and long for our true home…out of the Shadowlands where we will be together forever. 

See you soon! We love you for eternity. 

Scientific Study to Overturn Brain Dead?

This has been all over the news for the last month, so I won’t say too much more. Just bring it to your attention if you missed it.  Ira Pastor is the CEO of the Bioquark a biotech firm located in Philadelphia. He will be spearheading the study approved by the IRB. (Institutional Review Board) All studies using human subjects must have this approval.

They are currently looking for 20 patients, pronounced “brain dead” to begin the study.

I am actually looking forward to the results of this study. There have been any studies on those pronounced “brain dead” in many years. I think the last was the Minnesota Criteria where they stopped using EEG’s to see the brain activity as it would alarm parents.

Pastor believes that brain-dead individuals, considered legally dead in America, are only mostly dead. Brain death, he says, is a curable illness.

At the point of death, everything BELOW the brain stem, which is technically unsupported, is still alive and quite functional and capable of doing stuff if properly supported.

Photo Credit Shutterstock Underwater.

A trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of patients who have been declared clinically dead has been approved. Reanima Advanced Biosciences aims to use stem cells, injections of peptides, and nerve stimulation to reverse “brain death.

The study aims to use stem cells, injections of peptides, and nerve stimulation to reverse “brain death as noted in the current clinical examination.

Based on the premise that many amphibians, fish, and even some mammals can regenerate large portions of their brains after severe trauma. They don’t need cutting-edge therapies or laboratory conditions to recover from brain death; they just sleep for a while and wake up with fresh brains.

Why don’t humans and other primates have this regenerative ability?

That’s one of the main questions the ReAnima teams are looking to answer right now.

“There is no ‘magic bullet’ for reversing brain death,” says Ira Pastor.  “In this project, we’re employing a combination of biological regenerative tools, along with an array of medical devices used for stimulation of patients with other severe disorders of consciousness, such as comas and vegetative states.”

Regenerating a brain-dead patient’s nervous system will not be a simple task. “Nature thrives on complexity,” says Pastor; and the ReAnima project’s goal is to “train” severely damaged brains to rebuild themselves around whatever neural structure remains intact, using a combination of the latest therapeutic techniques.

If individuality boils down to nothing more than connections between neurons, but “based on several factors, we are placing our bets that the human mind is much more than that,” he says, “and on the idea that memory will be a recoverable commodity over time.”

Many of our bodies’ cells die and are renewed thousands of times over our lives, yet we manage to hold onto our personalities – even those of us who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Is brain death any different?

The Study

Patients will receive daily peptide injections directly into their spinal cords to go with biweekly stem cell treatments, according to the New York Daily News. They’ll also receive stem cell injections in the brain along with laser and nerve stimulation techniques used to awaken comatose patients. For a six-month period, the patients will be observed for signs of regeneration in the upper spinal cord, which regulates respiration and heartbeat.

“If someone wants to criticize us for helping the family whose 3-year-old accidentally drowned in the pool, or whose 16-year-old flew off a motorcycle with no helmet on, who do not accept the statement, ‘Sorry, there is nothing else we can do for them,’ from a global modern medical establishment that generates $7 trillion annually, then so be it,”

Dr. Pastor believes that there is still much to learn about the depths of human life, and this project will serve as a stepping stone in unveiling the deepest mysteries of the human mind.

I’ll be following this groundbreaking study.

 

Dr. Paul A. Byrne

Dr. Paul A. Byrne is a Board Certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician. He is the Founder of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. He is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Toledo, College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.

Dr. Byrne is past-President of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), formerly Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He was Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Pediatric Department at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the City of Faith Medical and Research Center in Tulsa, OK. He is author and producer of the film “Continuum of Life” and author of the books “Life, Life Support and Death”, “Beyond Brain Death,” and “Is ‘Brain Death’ True Death?”

Dr. Byrne has presented testimony on “life issues” to nine state legislatures beginning in 1967. He opposed Dr. Kevorkian on the television program “Cross-Fire.” He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, public television in Japan and participated in the British Broadcasting Corporation Documentary “Are the Donors Really Dead?” Dr. Byrne has authored articles against euthanasia, abortion, and “brain death” in medical journals, law literature and lay press.

Bernice Jones

Bernice Jones is a mom, who lost her son Brandon to Brain death and like me only later found out what brain death was. A legal fiction used to get organs from injured people not yet dead.

Yesterday, I was interviewed with Bernice at Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob,Director One More Soul and Host for “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. (The video below is NOT the interview) 

William WilberforceThe Interview

Below is an interview that Dr. Paul Byrne and Bernice Jones did last week on another show. In the interview, you will hear exactly what I have been “trying” to say for years on this blog.

I know it is a bit long but well worth an hour of your time.

 

The most important thing you can do FIRST is DO NOT let the hospital do an Apnea Test. This is the first thing I advise parents who call me or their friends.

Dr. Cicero Coimbra said, “A large number of brain-injured patients, even in deep coma, can recover to lead a normal daily life; their nervous tissue may be only silent, not irreversibly damaged, as a consequence of a partial reduction of the blood supply to the brain.” (This phenomenon, called “ischemic penumbra,” was not known when the first neurological criteria for brain death were established 37 years ago.)

Dr. Yoshio Watanabe,a cardiologist from Nagoya, Japan concurred saying “that if patients were not subjected to the Apnea test, they could have a 60% chance of recovery to a normal life if treated by hypothermia. (deliberately induced cooling)

 

What is your passion?

Passion being something that keeps you up at night, that you research and pray about and give your whole heart to.

I have discovered over the years that passion is the driving force that can change things for the better. Unfortunately many times it comes about because of suffering. In the midst of suffering, you discover something you didn’t know before.

I’ll tell you the truth you can’t be passion about a lot of things because there are only so many hours in the day.

Dr. Seuss quote When you have passion you CARE… an awful lot.

Like Dr. Suess says in one of his book quotes, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Brain Death

Obviously, my writing this blog I care about the controversial definition of death. I care that people don’t understand when they go into the DMV or Secretary of State office and sign up to be an organ donor they are giving consent to something they don’t understand.

Informed consent is an ethical concept—that all patients should understand and agree to the potential consequences of their care—that has become codified in the law and in daily practice at every medical institution. Informed consent is a process for getting permission before conducting a healthcare intervention on a person. The ONLY time it doesn’t apply is if the patient does not have the mental capacity to decide.

Hence, in organ donation the patient is unconscience and can not make that decision. This is where the organ donor card comes into play. If you have signed to be an organ donor after death then that becomes a legally binding contract that is enforceable should you not be able to make that decision.

The problem is further exasperated by the fact that you were NOT told the legal definition of death. Like most reasonable people you thought dead meant dead, and who cares what happens to the body IF you are really dead. You came to believe that death meant no breath, no circulatory response.

U S Definition of Death and what they use to pronounce you dead.

“An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or (2) irreversible cessation of ALL functions of the ENTIRE brain, including the brain stem, is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.”

I will point out to you that this legal definition of death says irreversible cessation of the ENTIRE brain.  But, that rarely is the case as there is usually some parts of the brain that continues to have blood flow.

There are two other area’s that I have become passionate about 1) mandatory vaccines and 2) the corrupt foster care system in America.

I am not against all vaccines and I am not against the fact that some children need to be removed from abusive homes. What I am against 100% is the government telling us we have to vaccinate to have our children in school. I want informed consent to be presented in ANY and ALL decisions we have to make concerning our bodies.

Vaccines

I am against the government telling us we have to vaccinate to have our children in school. I am against the fact that parents are not informed on what is in the ingredients (adjuvants) in every vaccine.

I don’t blame doctors for this as they are only taught about scheduling in med school. I read a VERY disturbing report over the weekend. It is actually the minutes from an FDA meeting in 2012. I am going to link here as it is 80 pages long. The essence of the report is the discussion in using human tumor cell lines in vaccinations.

Excerpts from the 80 page FDA Meeting on Human Tumors for Vaccine Manufactures

Meeting notes of FDA“I think there’s a brave-new-world aspect to this that we have to deal with. I think we have to tell providers about it in a way that they get it. I think we have to tell the public about it in a way that they get it. But I’m convinced after hearing the data today and the discussion today that these cell lines are important in continued development of vaccines.”
“I’m not a regulator, so I will say just what I think in reaction to the comment about putting comments in a package insert about tumor cells making tumorsin which vaccines were made. I would say, from a personal opinion, that you would have tobe very careful about the degrees of separation between where the stuff comes from andwhat you are putting in the vial that the package insert is describing. It’s not at all related, in a certain sense. I’m not 100 percent convinced that whether or not a cell makes a tumor in a nude mouse has anything to do with the safety of a vaccine that ends up getting made.”
“There are concerns we have. It’s a really interesting intellectual discussion. When it gets right down to what’s in the vial and what the patient is going to ask me about, whether it’s safe, I’m not going to back and say, well, you know, HeLa cells kill nude mice.” 
Now what is interesting about the nude mice, is that they only keep them for a year. If the mouse doesn’t get the tumor in a year then the mouse is killed. Why is that? Well it costs too much to keep them so they said.
“Just one more thing to add there. There is also, especially with the nude mouse, a rate at which tumors will spontaneously form. The longer you keep the animals, the more likely you are to get results that are very difficult to interpret. Part of this is the fact that the rate of spontaneous tumor generation goes up with age. But if you were to hold the animal that long, then you would be obligated to investigate those tumors, for most of which you might not be able to come up with a clear idea of why they occurred because of that background tumor rate.”
“If they are going to get a tumor with aninoculum of a high dose of an immortalized cell, they will usually get a tumor in six months.Beyond that, they start getting skin disease. They are very expensive to maintain. They have spontaneous tumors. Lots of things happen that make it impractical.
So there’s a limit to just watching them forever, just in case you pick up that last tumor. Dr.Peden’s point about “so what”— if you get out there at a year and an animal pops up with a tumor,you probably will spend $10,000 trying to find out that it was a spontaneous tumor.”
Here is the FDA entire meeting notes. It took me a few days to read it in its entireity.
Folks, I DID NOT say all this it is in plain black and white for you to read the discussion and make up your own mind. 
I am a mom of 5 and I vaccinated all my kids from 1979 to 1990. I still have their records. The first four children had 6 before age of 5. My youngest had 8 before age 5. Now children have 36 before age 5.
When we lost my granddaughter at 13 weeks due to SIDS, I started to look into SIDS and stumbled across a vaccine connection which led me to look into other vaccines, adjuvants in them and the harm done to children.
William Wilberforce Shocking and I mean shocking. 
Isn’t it a comforting thing for all of us to know that the FDA approved the use of human cancer cells (“human tumor-derived cell lines”) in vaccine manufactures?
Why has this NOT been publicized to the public?
In fact, at the FDA hearing held at which this technology to employ “eternal life cells” in vaccine manufacture was approved, the VRBPAC Chair, Dr. Robert Daum, spent probably 30 minutes in discussions regarding how exactly to keep this fact SECRET from the American public, e.g., let’s describe these cells as “cell tissue cultures,” not as human cancer cells.
What are you passionate about? I would love for you to tell me what it is and why in your comments?
`Missy