Christine Watkins interviews Marty Troiani, a well-to do business man, whose sights were on success, until unexpected visions led him through an accounting of his entire life–the good, the bad, and the ugly–and ultimately into a burning desire to know and share the Catholic faith.
Dr. Paul Byrne is a pediatrician and neonatologist from Toledo who early in his career pioneered the development of ventilators and other medical devices tailored to children born pre-term.
He is also a world renowned expert on, and opponent of, “brain death” for determining actual death, and has spoken and testified in numerous venues including several courts of law and the Vatican. So, Dr Paul is the perfect mix of pediatrician and brain death expert to help us understand two recent situations, including his personal intervention for the parents of Jahi–the 13 year-old California girl who had cardiac arrest during a tonsillectomy and was declared brain dead by hospital staff. But her parents challenged their diagnosis, and with assistance from Dr Byrne, were able to have Jahi transferred to a medical facility that would insert a feeding tube to prevent starvation.
Another current case from Texas has a pregnant woman on life support to save her baby, as required by Texas law. But her husband sued the hospital insisting that life support be withdrawn, thus terminating both the mother and baby. A judge ruled in the husband’s favor. Mother and daughter are now deceased.
Ken talks with Abby Johnson, author of the bestseller UnPLANNED (published by Ignatius Press), and Shawn Carney who plays a significant role in Abby’s move from abortion clinic director to one of the most powerful voices in the ProLife movement. Abby worked for an abortion clinic for eight years, from 2001 to 2009, progressing from volunteer to clinic director. In October of 2009, after watching the witness and compassion of ProLife volunteers for those eight years, Abby literally “crossed over the fence” to join the ProLife movement. This is an amazing story of God’s grace and mercy. To learn more about 40 Days for Life visit www.40daysforlife.com To read Abby’s blog and see her speaking schedule visit www.abbyjohnson.org and her book can be purchased at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/UNP-P/unplanned.aspx
Steve Koob talks with Dr. Paul Byrne, Director of Neonatology and of Pediatrics at the St. Charles Mercy Hospital, about “brain death”, what defines life, and what defines death. Dr. Paul also reveals the shocking truth behind “dead” organ donors and why they are not truly dead at the time of donation.
Susan Nelson, MD, is a Geriatrician whose career has been focused on the frail elderly. Her work around care at the end of life has involved significant legislative changes in Louisiana. Her broad collaboration with groups including the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, to assure humane, life respecting care at the end of life. Our host Warren Hebert, RN, and Dr. Nelson explore families’ active participation in planning care at the end of life.