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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Would You Pull The Plug?

You are the official guardian of a very closed relative who is in a comma at a hospital kept alive only indefinitely by life support systems. The doctor says that chances of any recovery and reawakening is almost nil. You are almost at the end of your patience and resources. The doctor says that it's your decision to pull the plug or not. Would you pull the plug? Please explain your answer.

Tags: Euthanasia, Mercy Killing, The Dignity of Life, The Inevitability of Death, Life Support System, Pull The Plug, Dying, Eternal Rest

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


Amrita said...

As medical science advances these questions are getting harder to answer.

I wouldn 't call pulling the plug on a person who is reduced to a human vegatalbe euthanasia.It is letting God andnature have their way.

Death is as much a part of our humanity as is birth.

I wouldn 't allow this to happen to me at least.

When life 's race is over and its time to go home the Lord will create conditions for it and we should not interfere with it.

In my country very few people can afford a life support system.

I would make the terminal person departutre as easy and painless as possible withourt increase the trauma for him/her and the family.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Amrita,
I agree with your observation. If a comatose person is not placed in a life support system then he will surely die. There is no reason why we should keep somebody who is reduced to being a vegetable to prolong his suffering as well as those who are caring for him. Thanks for sharing with us your viewpoint regarding this subject matter. God bless you always my friend.

Sue said...

It would be a hard decision to make. Your heart takes over more then your head. But if that is what the person wanted you to do if that ever happened then you should carry out their wishes. And it is more suffering to keep them alive if they will definitely never come out of it.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Sue,
Yes, definitely we should take into consideration what the patient may want in this situation. Thanks for your visit and valuable viewpoint. God bless you and your loved ones always.