Girl born without a brain is now 6 years old, family seeks support
April Barrett’s daughter, Kaliysha, was born with hydranencephaly, a rare condition that left her without a brain. Despite doctor’s dismal expectations, Kaliysha is now 6 years old and has managed to survive.
Barrett thinks it’s miraculous that her daughter has lived so long, according to Fox 59.
“My doctor told me a week before I delivered that she would be born without a brain, and he told me to go take a picture of my belly, that that would be the last time she would be alive,” Barrett told Fox 59. “I was devastated every time she kicked. It made me cry because I was like, this is the last time you’ll be alive?”
Bruce and I never asked for handouts, and ours has made it to 40!!!
Jeffrey Anderson: I have seen this before.
Yes. Brain fever. Or what we call in Austria...
...Kopfgeschlagen. At the current rate of inflation, her brain will laterally explore the...
Celeste Talbert: [as Maggie] Literally explode?
Jeffrey Anderson: [as Dr. Randall] Exactly, within the next three houses.
Celeste Talbert: [as Maggie] Hours?
Jeffrey Anderson: [as Dr. Randall] Yes, will literally explode within next three hours. I would suggest leaving the restraint.
Celeste Talbert: [as Maggie] Restaurant?
Jeffrey Anderson: [as Dr. Randall] Restaurant, yes.
Celeste Talbert: [as Maggie] Her brain will actually explode?
Jeffrey Anderson: [as Dr. Randall] Yes, yes, I've, um, seen it happen. It's a dreadful, dreadful thug. Thing.
Dear Angelique... Dear Angelique...
Brain and Brain! What is Brain?!
I wonder if the parents have other children? There seems to be no good reason for keeping this shell alive unless they're looking to harvest organs for another family member with an illness.
Maybe I'm too cynical by thinking that, but the thought that the parents think this is any sort of decent existence for anyone is just too depressing.
I've fallen in love with you, r16.
But Justin Bieber has been reasonably successful.
Why are the asking for money? She should qualify for SSI and Medicaid.
R23. They are asking for money for her funeral since she is on Hospice. But, the article does not specify how long she has been on Hospice or how long they have been collecting the money. Fishy.
I hate parents who do this shit with all my heart. I understand and fully support a lady's right to choose. But, infants brought into the world with only a bit of their brain stem within their skull should not be kept alive through artificial means for six fucking years.
It will be interesting to see if she wakes up for puberty.
Because in my case, my brain stopped working and my dick took over until I was 40.
Why would any parent want to go through that for six years. I can understand initial shock, but doesn't reality kick in sooner or later?
I see this sort of thing all the time. When death is inevitable, some people will have the sense to give their beloved a merciful death, and some will insist that the doctors use all the tools at their disposal to make the death protracted and horrible. The people who insist that we "save" their loved ones are usually unsophisticated, unaware of what this sort of care is really like. And like this woman, they frequently find they've trapped themselves and their family member in a living hell of half-life.
At least the little girl isn't suffering, she can't.
The medical bills from the past six years could easily be over $3 million!
As for burial expenses, she should be accepting bids from taxidermists.
I wonder how "pro-life' right wing teabaggers would feel once they realize that those $3 million was paid for by Medicaid? How would they justify their desired gutting of programs that help families and children like these? Has anyone ever put such a pointed question with reference to a real life event of those people?
The brain signals your lugs to breathe and heart to breathe. You can't live without a brain. Story is bs.
She has a brain stem is what the story means, R30. The rest of it is not there. Did you ever finish high school?
R27, I've known people who don't want to accept the fact that their loved one has already, essentially, passed away. Perhaps they hope against hope for a miraculous recovery.
Some say that it's playing God to let someone die a natural death. Ironic because science has already played God by keeping them alive, unnaturally.
R30, perhaps you should donate your grey matter since you obviously aren't using it.
Who is paying to keep the body alive without a functioning brain?
What will be on her iPod?
Goin' Out of My Head
Losing My Mind
I really hope they have no other children. Because those kids have gone without everything since this child was born. The constant attention on this one instead of activities or homework assistance or anything.
'Brain Drain' - Marianne Faithfull
Plant some geraniums in her cranium and prop her up against the front door.
It sounds like a Steve Martin film.
R29, I agree but who ever accused the teabaggers of being realistic? Remember, "God will provide answers? How sad the number of needy that cannot get medicare but with a little assistance could live a far, far better quality of life, and possibly even return to the workforce.
Faux News, Why can't you ask viewers to donate to housing for disabled military vets, who could really use your compassion?
[quote] I wonder how "pro-life' right wing teabaggers would feel once they realize that those $3 million was paid for by Medicaid? How would they justify their desired gutting of programs that help families and children like these? Has anyone ever put such a pointed question with reference to a real life event of those people?
Did you see her picture? She's black. repugs are all for pulling the plug on sick black or minority children. You are NEVER, EVER going to see some big media spectacle regarding an end of life situation and a minority.
the repugs think if you aren't one of the rich and/or lucky enough to have health insurance that you should die. Remember this lovely display of caring and concern at an election debate?
R35, how about the obvious "If I Only Had a Brain".
There is a picture in the video of the little girl with 4 other children that I would guess are siblings. And there's another picture(earlier judging by the size of the disabled child)with 2 other kids.
R32, I was just thinking about this. But the truth is, we are an interdependent species. We are guiding and helping each other in this life from birth forward. It is necessary. I agree that this brainless shell should not be kept alive, but "playing God" is something that, if you look closely, has been done by most of us, helping our fellow man in myriad ways. Certainly just looking at children, and all the care and guidance they require to successfully make it to adulthood.
R46 please. There is a huge difference between "playing God" and raising young to the age of independent survival- like every single animal on the planet does. Food and shelter and assistance in development is not the same as drastic, expensive medical intervention to keep a vegetable technically alive from birth on.
R46, you're joking, right?
You don't REALLY think that raising a normal, healthy child to self-sufficiency is on the same level as keeping alive this LITERALLY BRAINLESS shell of a human being, which has zero capacity for thoughts or feelings, do you?
I know people that say if they get hit in the head say by a car accident and they don't come out of a coma within a few weeks, to pull the plug.
I also know people that work in hospitals taking care of some of these people for 10 years and come out of it even to the surprise of the doctors.
The difference here, there is no brain except the stem. It is not a 1 in 100 chance, there is 0 out of 100 chance.
Wow, what a depressing story.
Honestly, I'm Pro-Choice, but how was this poor woman suppose to make a choice?
She found out too late to get an abortion and judging merely by the family photos, she wasn't hooked up to any machines.
She had a brain stem that allowed her lungs to function and heart to beat.
Now, it appears she needs the machines now that she is in hospice, but it did not appear to be always the case.
Ok, am I the only one not buying that Teresa Guidice is 6 years old?
R2 I heard Ann Coulter got bit by a poisonous viper. The snake died after 45 minutes.
I have flurish in my career without out brain and usa today release pr on my behalf, hatas.
Can't they just push an electric radio into her tub of water the next time she has a bath?
Is she an organ donor?
Girls have brain?
If I had another brainless baby, it would look like Kaliysha.
Did Rosey Grier's character from THE THING WITH TWO HEADS father
this anomaly ?
She'll end up living as long as Karen Ann Quinlan & Sunni Von Bulow.
Why don't George and Barbara Bush tell them how they handled it?
Hey 42!That's not entirely true!Get over your persecution complex!White heterosexual non-Jewish males are the N's of America in the 21st xcentury!
[quote]It will be interesting to see if she wakes up for puberty.
No brain, no consciousness; no hypothalamus, no puberty.
R35 R37 That bit never gets old, sophisticated,urbane, sparkling & HI-FUCKING-LARIOUS.
Never change! Really, it's the way you tell it,that keeps it fresh.
A breath of fresh air as always.
I must be new here?
STILL roaring @ iPod meme !
Hm, and yet I thought this is the soft part of this website, nope this still all fun and jokes.So please have a picture of a Sarah Jessica Parker's ass.