This topic I hold very near and dear to my heart. At the age of eighteen my grand father had to be rushed to the hospital because he had passed out in the bathroom. When they had arrived the doctor had ran some test and x-rays and it reveled he had a cancerous brain tumor and it had spread all over his body including his intestines and there was not no blood flow to that organ. The doctor told the family he would not last a week, but they would do his best to keep him comfortable. At this point my grandfather knew what would happen, he knew he was going to be in horrible pain before he died he would have rather gone on his terms. After a full night and another day of him being in so much pain that they had to strap him to the bed and he would yell out in pain even thought he was on the strongest amount of pain medication they could give him his body finally gave in and he slipped right into death. None of us wanted to see him go through that and he didn’t want us to see him like that.
If North Carolina had passed a right to die law I know my grandfather would have rather gone on his terms instead of suffering like that. I feel that if all the members of congress have to witness that I did with my grandfather if what Mac’s wife and Barbara did in “A Crime of Compassion” written by Barbara Hunttman, they would not hesitate to try and get the law passed in all states. If it is the wi...
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...amily to help them understand the option.
I also feel that a family member should be able to tell a doctor of they need to have a no code on a patient if the patient is non responsive of if the patient requests this of the doctor themselves. I do not feel it is right to keep a person hooked up to a machine keeping them fully alive if the patient is completely brain dead and there are no other sings of life.
If it is a persons time to, weather their body is obviously giving every sign it can to say it is time, or a patient can not bare the pain and it is just too much when they know they aren’t going to make it at all. I do, whole heartedly believe that a person should have the right and choice to die with dignity and on their own terms. I know I would rather see my family’s faces as I pass away than being blinded by pain and hoping death would hurry up and come.
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