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There is NO need to suffer. **UPDATED**
Member Name: jacksmum
Date: 23/09/00, updated on 17/11/00 (115 review reads)
Advantages: given a chice to die with dignity
Disadvantages: none as far as I am concerned.
**UPDATED DUE TO A FURTHER PERSONAL EXPERIENCE**
My Dad had to go into hospital about 7-8 weeks ago with severe Anaemia, he was given 2 units of blood and felt much better. A few more tests were carried out as he was still suffering with breathlessness, they found he had a disorder called Endocarditis, which is treated with Antibiotics by injection.
He had undergone 2 weeks of a 4 week course of antibiotics, when he suddenly suffered a stroke, which left him paralysed down his right side, unable to swallow, talk, and spent most of the day sleeping. His heart began to beat out of control and he was given medicine to slow it down, if this didn't work then they would have to shock his heart into beating 'normally'
The Doctors were worried that this was going to happen again and cause another stroke, so my mum had to make a decision about 'how far to take treatment' for my dad.
That night at 11.12 pm my dad suffered another massive stroke and he died.
The Doctors 'tried to revive' him but as my dad didn't ever want to 'exist' they let him go. It was hard to see him in the hospital bed before he died, a man who made everyone laugh, and was loved by many, lying in a semi-conscious state, unable to do anything but squeeze my hand. If he had survived the second stroke, my dad would of spent the rest of his days in hospital and we cannot begin to imagine what sort of state he would of been in. He is in a better place, where he will feel no pain, and I am glad he was allowed and ABLE to die a proud man. Today 13.11.2000 my dad would of been 66, not even retired, that is what makes this so sad, that he worked so hard but could not even enjoy the fruits of his labour.
I dedicate this opinion to you dad, for you totally agreed that Euthanasia should be allowed in this country.
Euthanasia is a very difficult subject to discuss, especially when you h
ave had someone in your family, suffer an incurable disease, and having to watch them loose their will for life and their dignity.
My nan had Alzheimers Disease, which is a serious disorder of the brain manifesting itself in premature senility. She was a very gracious lady, and worked into her 70's. It started quite quickly and after a couple of years she didn't recognise her own family, she would steal clothes from other ladies in the home, and often talk a lot of nonsense.
When she died she weighed about 4 stone, was totally bed ridden, had pneumonia and didn't know that the person sat beside her bed through her last hours was her daughter. It is very sad that she had to suffer so much just to be released by dying.
I know that if my parents could of signed something to of made her dying days more, 'comfortable' then they would of done. Euthanasia is not an excuse to kill off anyone who is in pain, or anyone who doesn't want to carry on anymore. It should be discussed with family and written into a will, even before anyone is ill. I personally would not want to suffer, and I know that all of my family feel very strongly that we should be given a choice.
We have 2 cats and a dog, whom we love very much, but at the slightest hint of suffering we are told, "It is only fair to put he/she to sleep" You don't want to see your animals suffer do you ?
I feel that unless you know how and what it feels like to see someone, in pain, not even know they are going to the toilet, not recognise their own children. Then you cannot even begin to imagine how much better their life would be if they were given a choice to die, not to mention everyone that is left behind, as its those who have to carry the last treasured memories of that person.
How do you want to be remembered ?
R.I.P Dad, 10.10.2000 XXX