Thursday, December 8, 2016
DEATH WITH DIGNITY
My wife’s mother is in critical condition in a Boston hospital. She is ninety years old and has been in the hospital a number of times over the last year, and has been in constant pain and discomfort. She has a serious infection and without treatment can only last two or three days. She has told the doctors and her family she wishes to die.
The only option in Massachusetts it to ‘keep her comfortable’ and let the infection eventually shut down her systems.
Our first cat I loved very much. He was in terrible pain and I took him to the vet to be euthanized. I held him as the vet injected the serum and the cat relaxed and died instantly in my arms.
Why can’t a human have the same humane option?
A number of years ago my aunt, in her nineties, suffered a massive stroke. She was in a vegetative state. Her daughter had to make the decision to pull the feeding tubes and allow her to die.
A person can last a couple of months without food, but a healthy person only five or six days without water. But, dehydration is a terrible way to die; and what a terrible thing for the daughter to have to stand the ‘death watch’ while her mother’s body shut down.
Now my wife’s brother and sisters are standing the ‘death watch.’ What a cruel thing for the mother and the family.
This prohibition against euthanasia is Christian religious bullshit based – a form of Christian sharia law that has been imposed on the public and affects us without our consent.