At left, Kim Avery said her son, James, who was injured in an accident, started breathing on his own after her family turned off his ventilator. Later he called her ‘‘Mom.’’ Inta Hall (center) said both her sons suffered brain injuries after accidents. Bill died after he was removed from a ventilator. Her surviving son thinks Bill was lucky. At right, with the help of his mother, Katie Soroka, little David Gates gave his aunt Colleen Soroka, 23, a kiss last week at a center in Middleborough. (Globe Staff Photos/Pat Greenhouse)

Life-or-death choices

By Alice Dembner
Globe Staff / March 27, 2005

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When Sandy Burke looks at Terri Schiavo, she sees her son. Fifteen years after his car crashed into a tree, Richard Burke hovers between what doctors say is a persistent vegetative state and minimal consciousness. He sits propped in a wheelchair during the day, his face largely blank, his eyes flickering open and shut. At 43, he relies on others ... (Full article: 975 words)

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