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If there is no hope, why let one suffer?I lost my maternal grandmother to cancer in 1998. I remember the doctors saying there was really nothing more they could do for her. I remember watching her swallow buckets of pills and all sorts of other meds. I remember the grief I felt knowing she was going through pain unmatched yet even the meds weren’t going to save her.
Rachel Garuka
Rachel Garuka

If there is no hope, why let one suffer?

I lost my maternal grandmother to cancer in 1998. I remember the doctors saying there was really nothing more they could do for her. I remember watching her swallow buckets of pills and all sorts of other meds. I remember the grief I felt knowing she was going through pain unmatched yet even the meds weren’t going to save her.

Unimaginably sad as I was when she died knowing that she was out of that suffering gave me great comfort. She was very brave, and sometimes I wonder, if she had been given the option of euthanasia, would she have gone for it? Euthanasia or mercy killing as it is also known is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.

Some people might think killing a person to take them out of their misery is a heartless thing to do but let’s be honest here. What could be more callous than to watch a loved one suffer day after day, with no hope whatsoever for recovery? For sure, if it were me, I wouldn’t give it a second thought. If an illness got a point where I’m better off dead then so be it.

For one, euthanasia is a personal decision. Again, I do not understand why some people like making other people’s business theirs. This might come off as selfish, but look at it this way. If a person is suffering from a terminal illness and is without a doubt going to die, whether the doc speeds it up or not, they WILL die eventually.

And the eventual death will be so horrid it is not something you’d want to see even your worst enemy go through. Neither the doctors nor the government has the power to decide if one should live or not. Since it is not their life and they are not in that situation, they cannot make that kind of decision for someone. It might sound like suicide, but again, that is the individual’s problem, not theirs.

In this fast paced world, doctors are given the liberty to create life. This debate is about playing God right? Well – if a human is not born the natural way God intended for us to be born I’d say playing God doesn’t get better than that. If they are creating humans artificially, that means that the one created was not asked if they wanted to be born that way. Yet when they are bed ridden with a terminal illness and want to end their existence, it is unacceptable?

Economically, some people simply do not have the kind of money that would keep someone in the hospital, with absolutely no guarantee of a recovery. In a way, bad as it might sound, that is just wasting time and money on a situation that won’t get better. I think that in cases where there is absolutely no chance of a recovery, euthanasia should be permitted – of course if a patient has asked for it or in the case of a vegetative state, with the consent of the family.

Some countries are so passionate about the death penalty which by the way also includes taking a man’s life, and that is not even with their consent! Sure, they committed unspoken atrocities, but isn’t that still playing God? How now, can someone suffer and not be able to tear free of the suffering they’re going through?

I believe we all deserve to leave this world with some dignity. Why send me to my grave unrecognizable, with the image of me looking worse than death itself forever embedded in people’s minds?

Choosing how we want to die is not an option we’ll all get. If the last wish of a dying man is to be taken out of his pain, then sad as it is to see them go, it is only letting them die a more humane way.

 

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