Friday, December 22, 2006
Piergiorgio Welby dies after respirator removed
The death came the evening after an expert medical panel ruled Wednesday "that the use of a mechanical respirator 'does not constitute, as of now, extraordinary means.' But the panel also decided that precise guidelines for doctors were needed urgently to spell out what the law allows and what it does not" (International Herald Tribune). The Roman Catholic Curch in Italy has apparently already reached its own conclusions about Welby's death and earlier today denied his family's request for a church funeral (Reuters).