Viewers Voice: Viewers speak out on judge's decision to keep woman on life support
By Miriam Zamorano. CREATED Mar 6, 2014
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The battle over whether to take an 88 year-old Southwest Florida woman off of life support is over after a judge rules to keep her alive.
The family, who doesn't want to be identified, is happy to be able to spend a little more time with their loved one being treated at Cape Coral Hospital.
"When you're elderly it is so scary because if you don't have someone to watch out for you, they can be just thrown away," said the patient's son.
The battle went all the way to a court room after attorneys with Lee Memorial Health System filed papers last week asking a judge to take her off life support saying she's in a vegetative state.
The family disagrees and showed video in court saying she can respond to commands.
The patient has been in the hospital since November after being admitted initially for diarrhea. After watching the story, many of you are passionately chiming in. Some agree with the ruling to keep her alive.
"I think the judge absolutely ruled correctly. And we get ourselves into a lot of trouble as human beings when we try to play God," said Sandra from Naples.
Lois wrote on Facebook, "Great decision made by the judge. It is the family and the patient decision on these matters with counsel from the doctors, not dictates from the doctors."
But Peter from Marco Island called in saying the family needs to think about her quality of life. He said, "I would ask anyone how they would like to be in her position, in her state. I think it's a crime to let her continue in the shape she's in."
Cynthia also sees things differently. She said, "No, I think he made the wrong decision. It's torture, it's hell on earth to live that way."
Fox 4 is waiting to hear back from Lee Memorial since the decision was made.