Euthanasia The thought of losing a loved one can be extremley devastating. Deciding whether or not to allow a loved one try to fight out the pain even longer, even if they do wish to die is even more devastating. Euthanasia has become a more popular topic all over the world.
Albania, belgium, netherlands, oregon, switzerland and luxembourg are some locations that recently legalized the practice of eithanasia (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-euthanasia.html). What happens when a family member has been in the hospital for awhile fighting their illness but have shown no signs of improvement and they just want to be put out of their misery? Do you grant their wish and pull their feeding tube? Or do you let it go and continue to watch them suffer?
Euthanasia is the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit (http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/index.html). Euthanasia is also frequently referred to as "mercy killing" (http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/index.html). This is used for patients who have had a terminal illness for a long period of time and show no signs of getting better.
The patient experiences a sever amount of pain that is uncontolable. The process of euthanasia is a freedom of choice. There are two main types which are active euthanasia and passive euthanasia. Active is when a nurse or doctor provides a patient with with medicine that will kill them. Active euthanasia is basically "poisoning" the patient or in other words overdosing them with pain killers or sleeping pills (http://www.pregnantpause.org/euth/types.htm). P
assive euthanasia is when the patient does not recieve the medication or treatment that they need to stay alive ( http://www.english-online.at/society/euthanasia/pros-and-cons-of-euthanasia.htm). When a patient has a heart attack the medical staff will make their best attempt to resuscitate that patient if the doctors do not do this action than this is an example of passive euthanasia (http://www.pregnantpause.org/euth/types.htm).
My friend Ryan Weitzel was diagnosed with cancer but he lived his life a bot differently than any other cancer patients would live their lives after discovering that they only had six months to live. Ryan did all that he could, as long as the cancer allowed him, doctors told him that he had only had six months to live but Ryan battled it out and lived for nine more months. As the cancer spread throughout his body he was unable to do less and less activities. Ryan then ended up in the hospital the entire month before he passed away.
He has told me that he knew he was dying but he was just trying to fight it out, not matter how much pain he was in. So for Ryan euthanasia was not a option. I know if I was in the hospital with severe pain I believe I would actually go down the path of euthanasia, especially if the doctors were also telling me that I did not have much longer to live.
Everyone does have the right to decide when their life should end. Euthanasia has its advantages but it along with that comes disadvantages. To start off, euthanasia provides a way to relieve extreme pain and as much as it would not seem like relief at the time, it does in a way provide relief when a patient's quality of life is low.
This process also helps free up medical funds which then allows the doctors to reach out and help other people who they do have a chance of saving. Today, hospitals have too many patients and are overcrowded, and argument has occurred that those patients who have no hope in living should be left to die so there is more room for patients who have a disease that is able to be cured ( http://www.english-online.at/society/euthanasia/pros-and-cons-of-euthanasia.htm). Think about the amounts of the medical bills that will be left behind for the patient's family to pay off after the victim has passed away. On the other hand, euthanasia does devalue human life and can also become a means of health care cost containment (http://www.euthanasia.com/proscons.html).
Doctors also have a problem with euthanasia because they have sworn an oath that does not allow them to take part in the killing of a human being. To some people the process of euthanasia or mercy killing is morally incorrect and may even be considered as homocide (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-euthanasia.html). The main issue with euthanasia is debating who will make the decision if euthanasia should be performed and also when it should occur.
Family members may make this decision if the patient is incurably ill and they believe that this is what this person may want. Another way to determine if euthanasia should be carried out is if the person states in their will that if they get to the point where there is no helping them then they wish to have their life support machines turned off (http://www.english-online.at/society/euthanasia/pros-and-cons-of-euthanasia.htm).
"If the patient has the right to discontinue treatment why would he not have the right to shorten his lifetime to escape the intolerable anguish? Isn’t the pain of waiting for death frightening and traumatic?" (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-euthanasia.html). Just imagine not knowing what is happening or not remembering family members names let alone who they are. Why would someone want to continue with their life if the remander of it will be spent in the hospital. I would not want to cotinue my life if I did not even have a concept of what was going on.
I also would not want my family to see me in that bad of health condition for a long period of time especially when I may forget who they are every time I see them due to my poor health. About five years ago my grandfather had a heart attack, after he got released from the hospital things started to go down hill from there. My grandpa then had to move in with me and my family so we could keep a close eye on him. Hospice, a group of doctors that provide in home services, had to come visit my house everyday for about an hour to keep trrack of my grandfather's health status. It broke my heart to wake up every morning and see him sitting at the kitchen table with at least ten different pills to take to try to improve his illness.
Within a week his health hit rock bottom, he could barley remember my name or the conversation we had ten minuites before that. Then on the Wednesday, about a week and half after his first heart attack, he had a second and final heart attack in my living room and passed away that night. I would not want my family to go through that and see me in that ill of a state. I would specifically not want them to see me pass away in front of them, the night my grandfather had his final heart attack replays in my head constantly.
I honestly did not realize how much of an issue euthanasia has become around the world. On July 2, 2009 the British medical Association debated a motion that would be supportive of a change in legislation to "ensure that those accompanying the patient at an assisted death, but not actively
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