Post # 32
Actually fairly certain though this is sensationalized, we do this, it’s “Allowed natural death” and it is done in NICUs where a baby is only sustained by machines and is expected to have no quality of life should they be kept alive mechanically. But it isn’t barbaric, they have pain medication and are generally imminent demise patients. They don’t linger for days and die from dehydration. They linger minutes or hours and die from complications of congenital anomalies.
Post # 33
Yeah, it seems like this is all pretty sensationalized. It appears that the patients were going to die anyway. The quote made it sound like the “death pathway” thing is only used when all other options have been exhausted.
Now, that doesn’t mean I think that these babies should be left to suffer through starving/dehydrating to death, but if they’re for sure going to die (and I’m talking about the cases where this is very, very clear) I’m not sure how it benefits anyone to leave them on life support indefinitely, either. Especially if there’s a good chance they are in a lot of pain then, too.
It reminded me a bit of the Terri Schaivo case. In cases like this, you have to balance your desire to keep someone you love alive against the odds that they will ever actually be able to live.
Post # 34
Agreed 100%. Even if this article is not legitimate, it, and reactions to it, highlight a need for a place in medicine for peaceful, painless euthanasia. We allow our dogs and cats to end their suffering with diginity, but we don’t allow that same right to other humans, that’s what I think is messed up.
Post # 35
I realize that this going to make me look like a horrible parent, but if my child’s condition was incompatible with life I would prefer to have the option to have a life ending shot administered to them (like they give pets) than for them to starve or dehydrate to death. I realize how horrible that sounds but as a parent that is where I stand.
Post # 37
- Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves
Tricky but true, as roguefishfood
said, why would I end up my dog’s suffering but not my child’s or parent’s, I know I might not be so blunt if faced with the decision but I’m 110% sure that if I was the one suffering I’d sure want to end it.