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(Studio) Parents of Karen Quinlan trying to decide if they'll appeal decision that respirator keeping Karen alive can't be shut off. Report on implications.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(New York) With aid of respirator, Karen could live 10 years [Examining neurologist Dr. Julius KOREIN - says maybe some sort of circuit could be developed to get her brain going, but would it be Karen Quinlan?] Some doctors routinely allow hopeless patients to die. [Yale-New Haven Hospital Dr. Raymond DUFF - says Quinlan decision will frighten some patients and doctors to hide these difficult decisions.] Duff concerned that ruling may frighten doctors into keeping babies with birth defects alive by extraordinary means. Intensive care units could be strained beyond limit if equipment would be used indefinitely.
REPORTER: Steve Young; ARTIST: Marilyn Church
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Young, Steve
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