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Delaying Death February 8, 2009

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Diseases, Human Body, Science and Politics, Think About It.
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Cartoon credit: Nick Kim.

We all want to live a long, healthy life. But, this cartoon left me wondering if perhaps, we sometimes go too far in our quest to preserve life. Are there situations where a person’s life is simply so poor in quality due to their health condition – that keeping them alive represents an unfair fight with death?

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1. Tony - February 10, 2009

I had a family member who had MS and it was really hard on my mum when things got worse and worse. My uncle couldn’t talk anymore and needed help with everything. I think sometimes we just didn’t want to see him in pain or that way.

When I was reading your comment i kinda agreed, sometimes if you don’t have any dignity it can be hard to see. so imagine if you are the one experiencing it.

2. Miss Weird Scientist - February 10, 2009

Tony: Losing a family member can be very devastating, especially when we see that person in pain rather than laughing and healthy. I wonder how much I could handle my body/mind deteriorating before it would just be too much to warrant having my life preserved.

Tough questions! But, this cartoon really got me wondering…

3. littleman123 - February 15, 2009

That picture got me wondering two my step mom’s grandma had a blood clot and it was so serious she could have died. But were hankful and she lived through it.

We Prayed

4. Miss Weird Scientist - February 16, 2009

Littleman123: Your comments show how it’s such a uniquely individual case-by-case basis when it comes to saving human life. Also, human prayer can be a powerful thing for many people it seems. :)

5. littleman123 - February 16, 2009

Thanks for saying that it’s true a prayer can be powerful indeed.

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