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Westfield Girl Breathing on Own

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The Department of Social Services plans to release more information Friday about the medical condition of Haleigh Poutre. The 11-year-old Westfield girl has been at the center of a right-to-die case that began soon after she was beaten last September.

After almost four months on a respirator, Poutre began breathing on her own this week and doctors say she's been responding in a limited way to some stimuli. WBUR's health and science reporter Allan Coukell explains.

This program aired on January 20, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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