My motivation behind going public with this controversial issue is to hope that one day, Legislation will be passed which will allow either a Parent or Guardian, to be able to approach a panel of professionals, appointed by the Government, i.e. Doctor, Lawyer, Psychologist, lay people etc. (like a jury) to review all the information Medical, Ethical and the Legalities involved to help make an informed decision based on that information "for or against" Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide. Hopefully we will see this enormous step being taken in our lifetime!
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Thanks, Arthur and Annette.
suggestion: when a patient is in an irreversible vegetative state then nothing one does can either help or harm them. Prolonging "life" for a vegetative or near vegetative patient is prolonging human biological life when there is no possibility of human personal life. There doesn't seem to be much point in that and it requires that health care providers devote their efforts to a cause which is futile - when there are so many others who could actually benefit from care.
Dick Sobsey, thanks for the comment, i think a lot of people with kids with disabilities would have a hard time hearing this. In interviewing Annette, i know something that was important to her was law makers, doctors etc all getting together to really define quality of life, because i think she'd agree many people with all abilities can have great lives. Annette....what do you think?
Interesting point Kirstin. many people let family members know ahead of time what their wishes are. What do you think when it involves deciding for someone else?
Patty what is life like for your son?
It's worth remembering that in the case of Tracy Latimer, she was suffering continuously in the last year of her life, with acute pain in her future from proposed surgery without the possibility of effective anaesthesia. The doctors ought to have given the family the option of proper pain control even if that would interfere with her anti-seizure medication and hasten her death. It's legal in Canada to give adequate pain-control even when it hastens death.
I agree with "I think it's very sad". The answer to his/her point is that decisions about appropriate treatment should be made only subject to careful safeguards to protect against abuse and misjudgement.
Mary, i think Arthur could lend some perspective to both sides of the argument. Arthur, could you explain why this shouldn't be an option?