Her life was coming to an end but she kept fighting. Then later in her life she was hospitalized. 2010 was the year she went underground. She was hospitalized because of a blood infection and also because of ailments. She was diagnosed with dementia but received treatment for leukemia.
Euthanasia means “a good death” and “dying well”. A good death means dying with peaceful, painless, lucid and loved ones gathering around. Euthanasia defined as the termination of ill people’s life aim to reduce suffering from incurable and painful disease. Euthanasia classify into two major types, included passive and active. In passive euthanasia ill people dead by withholding of common treatment, such as antibiotics.
Halpanny and Newman 1998 wrote: In the final months of her life, Annie Lindsell’s struggle to be allowed to die with dignity became front page news, at the end of October 1997; she won a High Court action that allowed her doctor to administer potentially lethal pain-relieving drugs to prevent her from choking to death. This High Court victory opened up the debate on Euthanasia and the laws surrounding physician’s assisted suicide. Like Annie there are many people lying in our nation’s hospital simply waiting to die, since there are nothing humanly possible that can be done to save their lives. Many of them have a debilitating chronic disease that robs them of the simple tasks such as activities of daily living (bathing, eating, etc.) and ultimately their lives.
As a new person is born something special has begun. It is the beginning of a life, a song, an inspiration, and a story. Kathleen Barber was struggling with a risky cancer and had died in a severe amount of pain and discomfort last December. Her husband, Jason Barber is a journalist and human rights advocate, he knew that his wife could have died a worse death, but also knew that she could’ve died a lot better one also (Barber). This term has various different ways for it to be known and defined, “physician-assisted suicide (PAS), "aid in dying", "death with dignity", "right to die", "compassionate death", "end-of-life choice”, and many different others.
It turned out that it has two sides about the point of view towards the euthanasia issue in a positive and negative ways. Although some people against these ideas and claim that it is an unacceptable manner, I certainly disagree about that because it can be proved that the euthanasia is one of the most peaceful ways to escape the great pain for dying people. Euthanasia can be one of the way to relieve the pain and suffering for dying people. As everyone knows that people who have to struggle with the terminal illness always end up in physical and psychological suffering, so some of them wanted to die before the pain is getting worse. According to the news of the Telegraph in 2008 which reported about Val McKay, the British woman who was diagnosed with the multiple sclerosis.
Euthanasia is a debatable topic that has recently gained a lot of attention. It is also referred to as physician assisted suicide. Euthanasia was first created and used for terminally ill patients or patients who live with very painful diseases. It is an option that some terminally-ill patients have considered and in my opinion, an option that every terminally-ill patient should have available to them. Euthanasia enables individuals to make a tough decision, but a decision that should be up to an individual to make; whether a terminally ill individual wants to die should be their decision without an outsider’s input.
The inferior lobe, lower part, of my left lung is scar tissue and I don’t get as much as oxygen as the “normal” person does. I spent a large amount of time in the hospital in an oxygen tent during the first few years of my life. The doctors put me on a transplant list, but, my mom argued with the doctors and told them that she didn’t want me to have a transplant. When I was three, I received a diagnosis of asthma. This new diagnosis led to more hospital time, more medications and more doctors informing my mom I needed a transplant, still, she resisted.
“An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people living.” This quote by Richard Branson shows the reasons behind assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is an option in certain places that allows patients that are suffering to end their pain through a physicians assisted death. When people have to make an end of life decision, one must take into account the patients suffering, the patient 's quality of life and how much the family suffers while making the decision. The patients should be allowed to have a physicians assisted suicide because of how much the patient suffers. A patient undergoes physical, emotional and psychological pain during treatments.
Some of the cost includes surgery, treatment, and staying in the hospital. When finding out your child or children have cancer parents or guardian will do anything for them and family will “cut 40% of their working hours in half, and 33% said one adult completely left the workforce to care for their sick child” (The Financial Toll of Childhood Cancer). A lot of hospital or treatment center will cut the child off if they don’t the payment they want. Many places will try to work with the family or have a payment
Growing up, I had a cousin who had to have his arm and leg amputated due to cancer. We were young and visiting we didn’t understand what was going on. We wanted to ask questions, but his sickness scared us. We couldn’t imagine what he was dealing with, but we knew he was in considerable pain. My mom told us he was sick and was getting help from doctors.
It was not till she beat the year they told her she had when she gradually became worse. In 2000 my grandma had broken her arm and was told she needed surgery and it was going to be high risk due to her oxygen. That is then when my grandma had first mention a DNR to all of us. We all were skeptical on this as grandma was young and we all felt she should
They told her she was fine. She kept retuning to the hospital complaining of pain, and they kept telling her she was fine, this process repeated until they found an enormous tumor in her abdominal region. Henrettas suffering went on for months. She had tumors in most of her major organs, her kidneys were failing and she was swollen. She had so many blood transfusions that the doctors had to cut her off.
This article describes the plight of Paula Faber, who was a smoker lifelong and gave up to the third episode of cancer after endless set of treatments. Her husband regrets the choice of Paula going through aggressive treatments that affected her quality of life. The article also mentions such decisions are common in cities like New York and New Jersey. The purpose of the article is to highlight the reasons that include the health care system and its culture like the increased number of referrals, fee for service instead of fee for value model resulting in people dying in the hospital rather than home. Based on the report, it can be understood that the philosophy of hospice care is yet to be understood by many.
At age twenty-nine, Brittany had been diagnosed with a stage four malignant brain tumor which then classified her as a terminally ill patient. Suffering from daily symptoms everyday became worse. Some of these symptoms would include seizures, head and neck pain, and stroke-like symptoms. Brittany soon became an advocate for death-with-dignity laws and spent her days advocating, especially those days that were her final ones. This is the reason why Physician-assisted suicide is an option.
In Not Just a Death, a System Failure, author Barbara Morgan criticized the US health care system’s lack of palliative care, painful treatments, and unwillingness to face the end-of-life decision, which leads to many patients suffering the last part of their lives in discomfort. The author centers her argument on the anecdote about the dying of her late mother, who spent several months in the discomfort of intensive care until the time of her death. Moran’s point is one part valid since the treatments for serious diseases are dangerous, painful, and many times only focus on prolonging life rather than improving life. However, she neglected the fact that these treatments are optional, and patients are always open to spending the last part of their life away from the hospital. Treatments for serious diseases are known to have many side effects that deteriorate patents’ health.