Everyone will have one moment in life to ask, how would I like to die? This was the question that many people in America were asking themselves when the case of Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old female appeared in the news around the country. This female from California was diagnosed with aggressive terminal brain cancer. Many doctors tried different treatment trying to save her life, but the prognosis was not promising at all (Maynard, 2014). And she was told by doctors that her death will be under agonizing pain. With such horrible fear of losing control, she made up her mind and decided to die with dignity by medical assistance with her family at her bedside. The choice was not easy due to the fear of unknown, but she took the courage to deal with that ethical dilemma regardless what the public opinions might be. Such decision was made based on her personal values and beliefs.
An ethical dilemma can be described as when a person supposed to make a choice between two or more undesirable alternative. The first option was to let her stay with cancer and die with excruciating pain and the second option was to move to some state where patient will terminal illness can have assisted death under medical prescription. She was an educated woman full of life, full of future and many plans and as any adult who have values and beliefs about how end of life should be; she decided to die with dignity without pain. For the wish to come true she had to move to Oregano where the right to die act is legal (Maynard, 2014). Moving wasn’t easy, but through a lot of sacrifice, her family was able to move with her and be at her side as she passed away. Through doctors and nurses, she was able to...
... middle of paper ...
...oundings. It is their right of choice. Brittney looked and considered all options of palliative care and hospice, but all seemed to be nightmare scenarios that she won’t be happy for. Her choice of dying with dignity was what she could hope for.
Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2006). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Cerminara, K. (1999). Regulating how we die: the ethical, medical, and legal issues surrounding physician-assisted suicide. Journal Of Legal Medicine, 20(2), 281-281 1p.
Brittany Maynard, as promised, ends her life at 29. (n.d.). Retrieved April 23, 2016, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/11/02/brittany-maynard-as-promised-ends-her-life-at-29/
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Case Study Analysis There are many legal and ethical issues when discussing the topic of physician-assisted suicide (PAS). The legal issues are those regarding numerous court cases over the past few decades, the debate over how the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution comes into play, and the legalization vs. illegalization of this practice. The 14th Amendment states, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (U.S.... [tags: ethical, dying, terminal illness]
1833 words (5.2 pages)
- The fear associated with death is powerful, but even more so is the fear of living an unfulfilling life full of pointless suffering. This spurs the belief for those in such situations that we as bodied people have the power to control our fate. Many movements involved with Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) have started internationally with that phrase in mind. Euthanasia is defined as, “The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease, or is in an irreversible coma.” Christopher Docker defines PAS as, " ...... [tags: Death, Ethics, Suffering]
1476 words (4.2 pages)
- Introduction Many people are afraid to make decisions concerning their wishes when they die. This includes fear of making wills and making critical decisions that affect lives of others when they are not there. When the patients are terminally ill, they become incapable of making these decisions and they are often assisted or directed by some external forces to make these decisions. This paper exploits options and conditions of different terminally ill patients with a keen look at their mental and health status.... [tags: death, dnr, will]
946 words (2.7 pages)
- Palliative care is about maintaining and improving quality of life for patients with terminal illness. Optimal nutrition is one essential component to maintaining quality of life, especially in early stages of illness. Malnourishment has been found to be the cause of death for many cancer patients (Prevost & Grach, 2012). In addition, according to research by Dahele and Fearon (as cited in Prevost & Grach, 2012), lower quality of life scores have been reported in extremely ill and malnourished patients.... [tags: Nutrition, Food, Obesity, Eating]
1261 words (3.6 pages)
- In today’s society death is all around us. It is found in the TV shows we watch, the movies we go and see, sometimes half a world away, and sometimes a block away. Sadly, death cannot be avoided. It is an inevitable occurrence; but what about suffering. We all have often seen in movies when the protagonist’s friend is left suffering near death, and asking him to provide a quick escape from it. What if he just sat there and ignored his plea, and let him continue his suffering as death ever so slowly crept up.... [tags: death, terminal illness]
1025 words (2.9 pages)
- Should doctors treat inmates awaiting execution like patients with a terminal illness. The federal and the medical world remains divided on whether medical personnel should assist in state executions. The 8th amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, such as executing an inmate by a firing squad, hanging, or electrocution. To carry out this law, the courts has required medical personnel assistances in state executions through the lethal injection procedure. Unfortunately, the American Medical Association has strictly declared that it is a violation against medical ethics for doctors to participate in state executions, which encourages many medical personnel to ignore inmates unde... [tags: Lethal injection, Capital punishment, Physician]
1285 words (3.7 pages)
- "The minute you think that you have no hope, you are down for the count. So you've got to always think there's hope," said Andy Delbridge who was interviewed by Don Teague of the Today Show. Andy relied on his spirituality when he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Spirituality is a very debatable subject everyone has a different opinion of what it is, but when faced with a terminal illness your best bet will be prayer and putting your faith in a higher power. Webster’s dictionary defines prayer as, “An address to God or a god in word or thought.” If you were to read Yahoo Answers or some other answers website you will get different definitions from anyone willing to answer.... [tags: faith, terminal illness, brain tumor]
734 words (2.1 pages)
- The other reason why people are opposed to the Death with Dignity Act is they do not understand why the patients would want to have the procedure done, after all it is killing yourself. the people who have requested the prescription have all had similar concerns which include: " the financial impact of the illness, loss of autonomy, decreasing ability to participate in activities that make life enjoyable, being a burden, loss of control of bodily functions, and uncontrollable pain." (Dividion). what makes life living can be debated but most people agree that their family and hobbies make it worthwhile.... [tags: Suffering, Death, Illness, Terminal illness]
1439 words (4.1 pages)
- Euthanasia is known as the practice of deliberately ending a life which releases an individual from an incurable disease or intolerable suffering, also known as a gentle and easy death. Currently Euthanasia is a worldwide topic being discussed, but is not allowed by law to be practiced on people. Most people either strictly forbid it because of religious belief or moral belief, but most people firmly favor euthanasia because of personal experience. Euthanasia should be legalized because patients with a terminal illness are given the choice to end their life in the most painless way.... [tags: belief, terminal, illness, suicide]
599 words (1.7 pages)
- Have you ever been forced to watch someone that you love dearly fall victim to a terminal illness that diminishes their quality of life a bit more with each day that passes. The illness not only wreaks havoc on the person who is suffering from it, but it also destroys the life of the caregiver. As cruel as it may sound, sometimes the best option is the termination of the poor life that is withering away. According to Merriam-Webster euthanasia can be defined as “the act or practice of killing hopelessly sick or injured individuals […] in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy”.... [tags: caregiver, terminal illness, euthanasia]
869 words (2.5 pages)