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Malkin the psychic

Last time, she was communicating with the dead. Now, a comatose 11-year-old:
Last fall, Haleigh was hospitalized after her stepfather allegedly burned her and beat her nearly to death with a baseball bat. Haleigh, in a coma, was kept alive by a feeding tube and ventilator. Doctors said she was "virtually brain dead" -- in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery.

The Massachusetts Department of Social Services wanted to remove Haleigh's feeding and breathing tubes.

Even her biological mother ... wanted her to be put to death ... The only person who wanted Haleigh alive was her stepfather, who will likely be charged with murder if Haleigh dies.

Two days ago, Massachusetts' Supreme Court ruled against Haleigh's stepfather, saying it was ''unthinkable" to give the power to make a life-and-death decision to the man accused of putting Haleigh in a coma. "Court: State can let beaten girl die," the headlines trumpeted.

Just one small complication for all of those who, for whatever reason, were in such a rush to "let Haleigh die:"

Haleigh wants to live.

As state officials prepared to remove Haleigh's life support, the supposedly impossible happened:

A day after the state's highest court ruled that the Department of Social Services could withdraw life support from a brain-damaged girl, the agency said yesterday that Haleigh Poutre might be emerging from her vegetative state.

DSS also said it has no immediate plans to remove her feeding tube.

''There has been a change in her condition," said a DSS spokeswoman, Denise Monteiro. ''The vegetative state may not be a total vegetative state."

Everyone had given up on Haleigh--except Haleigh.
OK, obviously the fact that she might be coming out of the vegetative state, or wasn't in a vegetative state to begin with, or whatever, has the utmost bearing on the decision over whether or not to keep her on life support. But come on: "Haleigh wants to live"?? I can only conclude that Malkin somehow believes that she can psychically communicate with this girl, in which case I suggest that the people in her life give some serious thought to forcible institutionalization.

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