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Is There A Right To Life? (16th Nov 11 at 4:26pm UTC)
For discussion.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15101767
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (16th Nov 11 at 6:09pm UTC)
If you were to keep an animal in the condition the poor woman is in, you'd be prosecuted {Angry}
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (21st Nov 11 at 1:41am UTC)
Surely if a person is suffering so much, there should be an option for them to end that suffering.

If this was an animal, the right thing to do would be to have it put to sleep.
Anyone who has a pet, sometimes has to make this decision. Its a sign of compassion and responsibility.

Why keep anyone alive, when they will never recover, will only get worse, have no quality of life whatsoever?
This is very hard on family members also.
Surely a person has the right to die with dignity.
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (21st Nov 11 at 8:51pm UTC)
Problem is that there have been a couple of cases where people in a vegetative state have returned to full consciousness and said that they were aware of what was being said and done, etc.!

How do they know that the person is in pain? Think it is so difficult making that decision on behalf of someone else - they may have expressed a wish when hale and hearty not to be left in a helpless state, but when it actually happens, they may change their mind ... life at any cost?

Woman who shares a room with my mother just lies in her bed all day long; she cannot move; has to be peg fed and turned every so often. I look at her - think she can see, hear and understand, but not sure - and think that I would not want to be in that state, but to do anything other than preserve life would be murder.

I would hate to make the decision. I have to sign a piece of paper to say that mum should not be resuscitated in extremis ... have told them that, but cannot sign the form. Feels like committing murder and that it is not for me to say whether she lives or dies.

So complicated .... hope mum just drifts off in her sleep.
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (22nd Nov 11 at 12:56am UTC)
Hi Susie Q,

Having read your post, i see you are in an awful position. One which no one would ever want to be in.

This is the flip side of the coin, which does indeed illustrate how complex taking the decision can be.

I know you dont want to sign a DNR, for it goes against everything you feel.
It would be a mercy for your mum to go in her sleep.

However, there are cases where a person has suffered so much brain damage, that they wouldnt have any quality of life. Even if they did beat the odds and came round.
How can it be right keeping someone alive in these circumstances?
Surely in these cases it is compassionate to put them to sleep.

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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (20th Jul 12 at 1:17pm UTC)
Trends in end-of-life practices before and after the enactment of the euthanasia law in the Netherlands from 1990 to 2010: a repeated cross-sectional survey - The Lancet
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2961034-4/fulltext
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (26th Jul 12 at 3:26pm UTC)
Just had quick read through the above link to the Lancet
I must be honest and admit I didn't really understand above article I feel this is attributable to my own stupidity
However I find myself pondering how would religious belief affect a persons decision re assisted suicide
As suicide is considered to be a sin, would this affect a persons decision??
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (19th Aug 12 at 9:09am UTC)
Family of L, a man left in a vegetative state, wage court battle for right to life

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/aug/19/family-of-vegetative-state-man-in-court-battle
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (30th Aug 12 at 2:58am UTC)
Thats very sad

I felt sorry for the guy on tv who was asking for help to die
The court refused
The poor guy died a week later after choosing to starve to death

How can this be right??

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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (13th Sep 12 at 10:56pm UTC)
Down's Syndrome man takes legal action over 'do not resuscitate' order

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/downs-syndrome-man-takes-legal-action-over-do-not-resuscitate-order-8134254.html
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (15th Sep 12 at 8:31am UTC)
A reason to resuscitate
Despite the triumphs of the Paralympics, disabled people are too often allowed to die in hospital

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/14/disabled-hospital-care
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Re: Is There A Right To Life? (12th Apr 14 at 9:20am UTC)
How could doctors be so callous? Heart-rending story of the mother who spent a day in labour, the baby son left to die in her arms - and the doctors who never intended to save him but hadn't bothered to tell her
Tracy Godwin cradled baby Tom for 46 minutes before he passed away
34-year-old was not made aware of Southend Hospital's policy not to resuscitate babies born under 23 weeks
Tom was born at 22 weeks and two days, five days shy of the threshold for being given medical help
A coroner ruled Tom died of natural causes, adding that the hospital's actions did not affect the outcome
But she said the medical team had made 'unforgivable errors'
Midwives and consultants involved in the case wrote letters of apology
Tracy, who is mum to daughter Isla born in 2012, said: 'I love her so much. But I should still have a four year old son'


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2602811/How-doctors-callous-Heart-rending-story-mother-spent-day-labour-baby-son-left-die-arms-doctors-never-intended-save-hadnt-bothered-tell-her.html#ixzz2yf703tUt
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