YET ANOTHER ARTICULATE FORMER “VEGETABLE”: Add Stephen Drake (author of this L.A. Times op-ed) to the list of people who were written off by doctors as vegetables — yet lived to tell the tale:
I was born brain-damaged as a result of a forceps delivery. The doctor told my parents I would be a “vegetable” for the rest of my life — the same word now being used for Schiavo — and that the best thing would be for nature to take its course. They refused. Although I had a lot of health problems, surgeries and pain as a child, I went on to lead a happy life.
It’s impossible not to wonder: how many Stephen Drakes or Rus Cooper-Dowdas weren’t so lucky?