Half the Time Doctors Say Patients are in a “Vegetative State,” They’re Wrong

(LifeNews.com) – According to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), one in eight death row inmates is found to be wrongly convicted. In other words, there is close to a 13% chance that a prisoner scheduled to be executed is innocent. Advocacy groups like EJI are dedicated to ending the death penalty based on this injustice—the risk of killing innocent people.

Consider the following. Persistent vegetative state (PVS) is a type of brain-injury diagnosis that can be used to determine whether a patient should live or die. However, as far back as 1996, a study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) (and other published medical studies since) found there is nearly a one in two chance that a brain-injured person thought to be in a PVS has been misdiagnosed.

In other words, the PVS diagnosis is used to kill brain-injured patients despite an almost 50% chance they are not in a PVS. Where are the advocacy groups dedicated to stopping this injustice? CONTINUE