Left: Tirhas Habtegiris; Right: Naqsha Bibi
First, death: A Dallas TV station reports that a Plano hospital gave the family of a patient an ultimatum: find other care for her in 10 days or have her respirator disconnected.
George W. Bush signed the law that made this denial of care legal, so it is tempting to blame him and/or the peculiar barbarism of freewheeling Texan capitalism. However I would not be surprised if many U.S. states have similar laws.
Life: According to the BBC Naqsha Bibi was recovered from under the rubble of her home in Kashmir on December 10. She had survived since the October earthquake crushed into a tiny space in what had been her kitchen. Apparently a trickle of water kept her alive, though she weighed less than 75 pounds when pulled out. She was found by accident.
Although her muscles remain frozen in a fetal crouch, doctors in Muzaffarabad believe that with liquid feeding and physical therapy, she will be able to recover.