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Thursday, March 24, 2005

AN APPEAL TO THE DOCTORS IN THE TREATMENT OF TERRI SCHIAVO

I have purposly kept away from blogging on Terri (preferring to spend time in prayer for her), and also due to the fact that my fellow bloggers in the USA , and elsewhere, are far more capable than I am, and who are doing a fantastic job! Read... Allthings2all, Adrian Warnock, Blogotional, Jolly Blogger,
Prying1, Transforming Sermons, Wittingberg Gate etc;

But I believe that I must make an appeal to the Doctors in Terri's case... please, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, will you remember the oath you took when you qualified as a doctor , to honour it, and to put it into practice...

The Hippocratic Oath (Modern Version)

I swear in the presence of the Almighty and before my family, my teachers and my peers that according to my ability and judgment I will keep this Oath and Stipulation.

To reckon all who have taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents and in the same spirit and dedication to impart a knowledge of the art of medicine to others. I will continue with diligence to keep abreast of advances in medicine. I will treat without exception all who seek my ministrations, so long as the treatment of others is not compromised thereby, and I will seek the counsel of particularly skilled physicians where indicated for the benefit of my patient.

I will follow that method of treatment which according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous. I will neither prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to any patient even if asked nor counsel any such thing nor perform the utmost respect for every human life from fertilization to natural death and reject abortion that deliberately takes a unique human life.

With purity, holiness and beneficence I will pass my life and practice my art. Except for the prudent correction of an imminent danger, I will neither treat any patient nor carry out any research on any human being without the valid informed consent of the subject or the appropriate legal protector thereof, understanding that research must have as its purpose the furtherance of the health of that individual. Into whatever patient setting I enter, I will go for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief or corruption and further from the seduction of any patient.

Whatever in connection with my professional practice or not in connection with it I may see or hear in the lives of my patients which ought not be spoken abroad, I will not divulge, reckoning that all such should be kept secret.

While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art and science of medicine with the blessing of the Almighty and respected by my peers and society, but should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse by my lot.

Loving Father, I come before your throne right now and I ask, that the doctors in Terri's case, be reminded of the oath that they took on qualifying as doctors. I thank you Lord, that you are the giver and taker of life, and I joyfully thank you that Terri is still alive. Bless her family Lord, grant them peace and encourage them in this time of dificulties. In Jesus wonderful name ! Amen!

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