An Andrea Clark Update: Out Of The Danger Zone?
Here’s an email from Andrea’s sister, Melanie Childers, to ProLifeBlogs:
How am I doing? I am doing FABULOUS! My sister, Andrea, is GETTING WELL. Her white blood cell count has been down to normal for the FOURTH day in a ROW now, and she has been able to get off of the blood pressure raising drugs that she has had to be on for MONTHS. She is doing GREAT. Her new doctor … has also halved the amount of pain medications that she is taking, so that she can talk to her family. He says that her condition is “serious,” but that she does have the ability to get much better.
The futility proceedings are stopped now. Because this new doctor took over her case, it is all stopped.
I’m so happy I don’t know what to think, or say, or do. Not only is my sister NOT going to be put to death by St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, but it also looks like she is RECOVERING from her heart surgery, finally.
That sounds like very good news, but there’s a caveat that needs to be added to it. Last night, Andrea’s lawyer Jerri Ward told me that Andrea COULD be out of the danger zone today, but it would depend on a meeting that’s scheduled to be occurring right now at St. Luke’s.
If all goes well, Jerri told me that the new doctor would be taking over Andrea’s case and that the hospital wouldn’t be able to pull the plug as long as he disagreed with the medically futile diagnosis. While she said she hoped that would happen, she thought it was possible that it would not, and she was ready to file papers in Houston to try to stop Andrea’s life support from being pulled if necessary.
Jerri promised to let me know what happens as soon as possible after the meeting and of course, when I know, you’ll know soon after. So, cross your fingers and let’s hope that this case is about to finally be resolved in Andrea’s favor.
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*** Update #1 ***: Folks, we have excellent news out of the meeting this morning! According to Jerri Ward, a doctor by the name of Matthew Lenz, who disagrees with the medically futile designation, has taken over Andrea’s case and the hospital is cooperating with him. That means Andrea is no longer in danger of having her life support pulled by the hospital.
To everyone who called, put out the word, or did anything at all on this case, great job! You have undoubtedly helped save Andrea’s life. Score one for the good guys!
*** Update #2 ***: From Andrea’s sister, Lanore Dixon:
“The millions of prayers that have been offered on Andrea’s behalf have yielded joyful results! We are delighted to report that St. Luke’s hospital has decided to do the right thing and has dropped the futility process that was looming over Andrea’s life. A new doctor has taken over her care and is working with a dedicated team of specialists to help Andrea get well. She still has very serious health problems and is facing gallbladder surgery possibly as soon as tomorrow.
Please keep Andrea in your prayers and know that your prayers, calls, emails and letters helped save her life. The family is grateful for all you have done.
Sister of Andrea Clark