Should Quality of Life Matter
"Rather than a political precedent, I am more concerned about the medical precedent of pulling more and more tubes. There are patients who appear to be 'locked in' to a neurological state very similar to Schiavo's except that they understand and feel everything. These patients are often mistaken initially for being in a persistent vegetative state, and they could be starved before they are properly diagnosed. "This is a very hard choice and one I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. But, if someone is trapped in a body that is non-functional and has no hope of ever becoming functional again and yet they still understand and feel everything around them, how is this different from being locked in a prison. I wouldn't want trapped in this kind of existance. Time to get that living will written.
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