Paid Members Monkee Posted January 22, 2018 Paid Members Share Posted January 22, 2018 This might be worthy of a thread in itself but we’ll see how it goes. Inspired by the recent topic in the pets thread and personal goings on, what’s everone’s views on euthanasia? It baffles that we can put an animal down - whether due to illness or overpopulation (more common in the US) - yet a perfectly rational human being can be denied the right to make this decision about their own life. Or, depending on a situation, a relative cannot make the decision on their behalf. Today was the funeral of my aunt. She had a severe stroke on Christmas Day and they pretty much knew right away there was nothing they could do. Over the last two weeks they had withdrawn care except for sedation. They stopped feeding her. What completely tore me up though is that I’ve been led to believe that with a stroke the person may still be able to hear even if they are unable to move or open their eyes. I’d like to believe this as my grandfather (my best friend growing up) had a stroke and thankfully he didn’t stay long after and we were all with him when he went - telling stories and remeniscing, hoping he was listening in (getting upset just writing this). But my aunt was left to linger. She was one of about 8 children and they were all getting very upset visiting her in hospital (understandably I know) but after about a week some siblings were saying they couldn’t face going back. I think either her son or daughter even said the same. How dare they leave her alone like that. How selfish are they that they decided to leave her and not even visit?! This made me so angry and upset. Anyway, she finally passed last week but it really makes me think about end-of-life care or even life care such as people with MS or similar who make the perfectly reasonable decision on when and where and how they would like to die. My mother’s worst fear is dementia and always says she wants to go to Switzerland if that happened and the time was appropriate. I keep telling her she needs to make a living will but she’s still not gotten around to it... So, after rambling, I wanted to get your views on this. Do you think we should have some sort of right to die and that medical staff should be exempt from facing prosecution? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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