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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 1:08 am 
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A good friend of mine who's grandma is Catholic asked me to look into something for him. His grandma made a living will which states not to put her on a feeding tube if she goes into a coma or something. The question he was curious about was, is a refusal of a feeding tube in line with Catholic teaching. I didn't know and that I'd get back to him with something "official". Normally I'm pretty sharp with Google but right now I'm having a hard time finding something in writing about refusal of feeding tubes. I know life support can be denied, but I'm pretty sure we (rightfully so) do not consider a feeding tube life support. Does anyone know where I can find something in writing in regards to this? Before someone says it, my priest is leaving town for a bit and the other priest.... well to be honest I don't trust much of what he says. Thanks in advance for any info on this subject.
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Try this from a reputable source.

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Why doesn't that guide show up on my computer?
The page goes fine, it says done but it's just background. I went to the website and hit the link there also.

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didn't come up on my computer either.


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Wow, my computer couldn't find it at all!

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You might contact the diocese in which you live. Feeding tubes until recently seemed to be an evolving issue with some state bishops conferences opining that they were always extraordinary means and therefore were not morally obligatory, and others concluding that food and nutrition were ordinary care and were morally obligatory.

While the situation may need more definitive clarification, it seems that the current understanding is that feeding tubes for nutrition and hydration are required when the patient's life is being sustained by them and the patient is not in the dying process. Terri Schaivo fits in this category. On the other hand, if the patient is in the dying process, and the feeding tube is merely prolonging the inevitable approaching death, they may be extraordinary means, and the patient could elect to remove the tube.

Our Sunday Visitor recently had an article and a sidebar about this.


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The link works on mine :?:

Do a google search for National Catholic Bioethics Center and you'll find it easily enough.

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The link works on mine :?:

Do a google search for National Catholic Bioethics Center and you'll find it easily enough.

The link worked for me as well.


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