My brother died from motor neurone disease and I was with him every day at the end. He suffered so much.
At the end he chose permanent sedation which effectively was euthanasia. He woke up in the morning, his wife showered him, he had breakfast, we all chatted and he chose the time when he was sedated. It took his young, strong heart days to stop beating.
i have an understanding, that there is Qld regulation/ legislation, that allows medical people to administer basically an overdose, to a terminally ill person without any threat of legal action. i could be wrong. For myself i do think i would rather die as, and when my time comes. I dont want my life extended by extra ordinary measures, and i dont want it ended by anyone making a choice for me. My father died of cancer, long, painful, death over about 9 months, my mother died in about 2 hrs from a heart attack, if i could choose, for myself. my mother had the best deal... hugs for everyone who might not be comfortable with this topic. marie
In the absence of sound mind I would like to see the ability to add a clause before that stage is lost. We are all talking about physical suffering, which is shocking and obviously a very good reason to end your own life. But I am much more terrified of dementia than cancer. Not knowing my husband of 50 years, not knowing my kids and grandkids. For me, that is a fate worse than death and I would want to end my life once it got to that stage.
Dh was close to his maternal grandparents but his nanna ended up with Alzheimer's. She went into a nursing home and he stopped visiting. He told me she wasn't his nan anymore, just this empty shell living in her body. She didn't know the love of her life of 60 years, nor her kids. Her husband, Dh's pop was beyond devastated
When we talk about 'withdrawal of medical treatment', what does that look like? I expect if it's a ventilator it would be over quickly, but what if the patient can breathe on their own and it's a feeding tube that you're withdrawing? That's just euthanasia by starving them to death isn't it?
Personally, I think that's b.arbaric. The decision has already been made that treatment is futile and it's in the best interests of the patient to die. I think their lives should be able to be ended quickly and painlessly.
In ICU, mostly it involves switching off a ventilator or infusions of vasopressors (drugs to maintain blood pressure at a functional level). And yes, these measures are very quick. And in these cases the patient has been on intravenous sedation and/or analgesia anyway, so would not have been conscious. Sedation/analgesia is not stopped until the patient has arrested (died of cardio-respiratory arrest).
Withdrawal of medical treatment is quite different to euthanasia. The first is passive, the latter an active process. Well it is in my mind.
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I was thinking more of patients in a permanent persistent vegetative state whose only life sustaining treatment is a feeding tube (such as the Terry Shiavo and Tony Bland cases).
Withdrawal of treatment for those patients can only be withdrawal of the feeding tube until they starve to death.
I just think that's a good example of where 'active' euthanasia is the only reasonable option once the assessment has been made that they will never recover.
I don't see this as euthanasia- just withdrawal of treatment, but it certainly wasn't quick.
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