Euthanasia of Terminally Ill Patients
Someone is being faced with a painful, incurable disease. They can either be allowed to choose a peaceful death or be forced to continue on while slowly forgetting their senses and loved ones. Euthanasia is the procedure of intentionally ending a life, in order to relieve pain and suffering. The word euthanasia stems from Greek and means “good death”. While some people believe euthanasia to be just an excuse for suicide, in reality it’s not. Euthanasia is the ending a life in order to stop any agony that may accompany a terminal illness, while suicide is rather just the ending of one’s life by their own will, by their own means. Euthanasia is important because it helps to relieve the suffering of people who, usually, would not be alive if it were not for medications. Euthanasia relieves the torture and suffering from dying patients, saves families money and prolonged agony, and allows the person to die in peace and with dignity. The first known statement about euthanasia was made by Greek physician Hippocrates in 400 BC, when he said, “I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel"(History of Euthanasia 1) in his Hippocratic Oath. Since then, there have been many recordings of people speaking of euthanasia throughout history. As the time line nears towards the present, people have started to accept euthanasia over time, as well as even support it. In 1990, a young wife in Florida, Terri Schiavo, suffered from cardiac arrest that destroyed most of her brain and left her in a vegetable state. In 1998, her husband went to court, asking them to disconnect the feeding tube that kept Terri alive, because she could no longer enjoy her life or be herself. All she was left to do was lay there and continue living. For fifteen years, her parents fought against the idea, but the court decided that it was cruel to keep her alive any longer and on March 18, 2005 the feeding tube was disconnected....
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