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Many years ago, in a small town in Michigan, a woman by the name of Janet Adkins was diagnosed with a horrifying illness known as Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease is an illness that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Early on in the diagnosis, she already believed that her life was over and did not want to deal with the upcoming side effects. To overcome this, she decided to end her life that was (to her) an easy and painless process; however, many considered she basically cheated her way out of life. Yet, she did not want to commit this act fully herself out of fear. So, she contacted Dr. Kevorkian (later on known as 'Dr. Death'). She believed that is someone assisted her in ending her life early, it would not be technically called suicide; even though it clearly was. He heard her desperate plead and decided to help. He used his own invention called the "Suicide Machine": a way of killing an ill patient by means of injecting lethal drugs via an I.V. This is an example of one of two types of euthanasia, known as Active Euthanasia. Active Euthanasia occurs when an action is done with the intention of ending a person's life, such as injecting a fatal drug or medication (Kastenbaum 531). Finally, in a public park inside his Volkswagen van, Kevorkian attached the I.V. to Jane and administered the drugs. Within five minutes, Jane had died of heart failure. When her family heard of the tragic news, they could not believe that she would kill herself just to simply give up without a fight. They truly believed that Jane was stronger than that. When the news hit the media, Kevorkian immediately became a national celebrity- and a criminal. He was eventually charged by the State of Michigan with Adkins's murder. Howe...

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