The Anguish of Euthanasia for My Daughter

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This case study describes the difficult decisions and agony that Frank and Anita had to face in August of 2000 when their daughter Chanou was born with an extremely rare, incurable metabolic disorder. Because of the disorder, Chanou had an abnormal bone development that brought about a constant pain that prevented her parents from even touching her without causing increased pain. After months of watching their precious daughter suffer, they knew they had to do something to help their daughter. She had even begun to reject the food that was being given to her through her feeding tube. Doctors agreed to allow passive euthanasia by stopping Chanou’s feeding tube. There are at least 15 suffering babies each year in Holland, that doctors have to put their license on the line for if the parents give consent to help their baby die. There has been a committee developed to make Holland the first country to legalize “baby euthanasia.” Anti-euthanasia opponents have warned doctors of a “slippery slope” of the parents and doctors who are the surrogate decision-makers. It is said that, regardless of the law, “baby euthanasia” happens anyways. Eduard Verhagen has recognized the practice and has forced the government to confront the issue. Verhagen’s “Groningen protocol” has been adopted as the standard and will be endorsed by the regulatory committee. To discuss the questions concerning Verhagen’s thought process concerning the justification and moral righteousness of “baby euthanasia,” I have an adamant decision. Regarding whether to leave a child with only a few days or weeks to live in a state of suffering until their natural death? I would respond “no”. It is not fair for a baby, especially one who has a severe debilitating disord... ... middle of paper ... ...surance would open the door to possible rampant abuse by those perhaps seeking early insurance money or selfish relief from the financial or other burdens associated with such situations. I fully realize the sensitivity of these issues. There are those who would question my beliefs in this regard and of course my own morals. It would be easy for me to say that they don’t share my empathy for the physical torture of some terminal diseases, but that would be unfair. For some, their beliefs make it an issue that is black and white. They believe no one has the right to take a life other than God Himself. I appreciate their belief, but my own life experience leads me to think a bit differently. It was not an easy decision for us to support the heavy sedation of our own loved one, but given her anguish, to us it was and remains the morally right and caring thing to do.
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