Life prolonged in a vegetative state vs Life with dignityWe all pray and hope to be healthy and our loved ones do not suffer. Yet, at times our worst fears come true and we find the same happening.
Seeing a loved one in a comatose state, hooked up to life-prolonging machines is an emotional trauma to us. Yes, the monitors would bee, the heart would have its rhythm. But is that what really our father, mother, grand-parents etc wanted. Not aware of their surroundings, not aware when they emptied their bladder or bowel, at times restless and tied down to the bed.
Some families would want life to be prolonged at any cost, some would not like to see their loved ones suffer without any quality or dignity, moreover, even the person in the hospital bed would not have wanted it.
In Western countries, there are very clear guidelines so that family and the treating doctors are not harassed legally later on by another family member etc.
Yesterday, the honorable SC ruled that yes, an individual can draw up an advance medical directive. This means, in case the person suffers an illness and is in a persistent vegetative state without any hopes of recovery and dignity, they can choose not to have such care and can be allowed to peacefully leave the world with dignity. This is a good step forward in Indian healthcare.
Now, there would be many clauses that need to be fulfilled by all concerned. Would you support this ? or do you think that we do not have the right to end our lives in such situations?.
Let's discuss the emotional, ethical, moral and financial implications of both.