Argument for Euthanasia: Personal Narrative

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More than 5 years ago, I found myself in the exact same position that Susan Wolf had found herself in with her father. In my case, it was the end of life care for an elderly aunt who had no other family and as such, became a part of mine. She was my ward in a way, fully reliant and dependent on me in so many ways due to her advanced age. I thought that she was a very healthy person and could possibly go on living forever since she was under constant medical care. But all the medical care that the doctors could provide for her could not remove the nagging pains that seemed to be ravaging her fast aging body. It was because of that physical manifestation of pain that led my mother and I to bring her to a Chinese holistic healer who treated her with some sort of secret Chinese medical injection. His clinic was clean and his instruments seemed well disinfected. I had no idea that by bringing her to this doctor, we would be opening the gateway to death for her. He administered his injections into her twice that month. On the second injection, she developed an uncontrollable fever and could no longer get out of bed without assistance. She was hospitalized that weekend. The doctor's diagnosis was clear. She had Sepsis and it had spread throughout her blood, there was no way she could be saved. She was going to die a slow and painful death as the infection ravaged her body and her biological systems shut down. She was told of the diagnosis. We did not hide the fact that she was given a diagnosis that she would be going home a vegetable, if she ever made it out. She made her decision that day, she wanted to go home. And so she did. She was no longer able to move anything other than her head by that point. She was bedridden and needed... ... middle of paper ... ...eave her father's bedside when she knew that he was going to fade into the night permanently on that night. It was the final act of a loving daughter for her dying father, be there to seem him off into the light. She owed him at least that. In the end Euthanasia is not something that should be frowned upon or looked at as a crime. Instead, it should be looked upon as a final act of respect for the human being who lived his life well and now knows that it is time to set his life to an end. Works Cited Wolf, Susan. (2008). Confronting physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia: My father's death. Hastings Center Report. 38(5), 23-26. Retrieved from EBSCO Host Database located at the Ashford Online Library Xayne, Angelus Mykeal. (2011). Assisted Suicide. Retrieved from
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