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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Mercy Killing or Murder?



I was keen to learn abt Terri Schiavo's case after reading abt it in Mannat's blog, more so bcoz we had a similar case of Euthanasia in Venkatesh who succumbed recently to Muscular Dystrophy. I scanned through the pages of the Internet to learn abt the Schiavo case and was alarmed at the findings.

How can Euthanasia be administered without the consent of the patient? There is no evidence that Terri would have wanted to die under these circumstances, except her huband, Michael's statements. His relationship with another lady from whom he even has two children leads me to speculate that something somewhere is amiss. Moreover, when her parents are insisting that they want their child back, how can he have the heart to get her killed, all in the name of mercy killing? I think he ought to have mercy on her parents first.

Michael got her feeding tube removed on March 18, which means Terri is starving since two weeks. This is abject cruelty, inhumanity. It seems her husband is her legal guardian - I'm uncertain what this means, but it appears to give him some authority to take decisions for Terri.

Venkatesh's case was somewhat different. He was in a conscious state, hence could repeatedly express his wish to die, so that his organs could be donated. Here, without Terri's explicit statement, it's unfair to starve her to death by merely banking on Michael's word that she would not have wanted to be kept alive this way.

Medical experts say, now that she's in her thirteenth day without food and water, her organs would have deteriorated beyond repair & restoring the tube wouldn't do much good. This is a highly unfortunate situation. Around fifty people have been arrested for trying to feed her. Can't her husband have even an ounce of the compassion these people have for a stranger? That their daughter has been a living corpse for the past fifteen years is a mighty blow in itself. Taking away from them whatever little they have of her would be sheer transgression.


Comments:

hi
i completely and 100% agree with ur thoughts.that a husband can never be a sole guardian of his wife's life that too without her consent.a big mighty blow to her parents,
i still cant agree with the concept called "mercy killing abd euthanasia"

saurabh
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous : Thursday, March 31, 2005  


i really supported the case for venkatesh's mercy killing(but the law played spoiltspory) as he himself asked for it n he wanted to donate his organs.In Terri's case it was her husband who has pushed for her mercy killing where had no right to do that. thtz the way life goes :(

btw V i dun blog.. had a blog sometime last yr but it never picked up as me too lazy to write...but njoy readin blogs
# posted by Anonymous Rahul : Friday, April 01, 2005  


it's all over now. terri's finally lost her battle with death. she didnt die...she was killed; by these senseless people - her husband, the judges...a husband who is supposed to care for and protect his wife, became the sole reason for his wife's death. i hate the guy for his irresponsible behavior, for making sure that bob & mary never have their child back...
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Friday, April 01, 2005  


it's all over now. terri's finally lost her battle with death. she didnt die...she was killed; by these senseless people - her husband, the judges...a husband who is supposed to care for and protect his wife, became the sole reason for his wife's death. i hate the guy for his irresponsible behavior, for making sure that bob & mary never have their child back...
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Friday, April 01, 2005  


one shud go thru this link:
http://www.terrisfight.org
very informative abt all the fight that has been going on...
and the videos r incredible! the videos r nowhere indicative of her being in a vegetative state...
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Friday, April 01, 2005  


V, I am not sure what to say.
It's hard to take one side on this case. As much as I won't want to be in such a state, it also upsets me that Terri's life ended this way. But think about it -she had been in such a state for 15 years now. The experts in this field did say that no future innovation in medical sciences would have got Terri back from this state. Who knows - she might have been suffering all this time.
But at the same time, I also agree that the parents should have been able to have a say in all this. If they wanted to take care of her, Michael Schivo should have passed on the legal guardianship to them. He was also entitled to give Terri a divorce. So he might have moved on with his life anyways.
The saddest part of this story is that the parents who brought Terri in this world had to beg in front of the law of the country to save their daughter. But alas, none of their efforts paid off and Terri had to die!
# posted by Blogger mannat : Friday, April 01, 2005  


hi
i gt ur link frm saurabh blog.found evn u r fan of alchemist.m also bt of paulo coelho.hv read fifth mountain, veronica decides2die,besides the river piedra she cried, eleven minutes beside alchemist n waiting4his novel based on marriage.

in my opinion euthanasia shud only b done aftr gt patient nod/permission.in Doctor novel by eric segal n in million dollar bby,this subjct is taken.
sonika
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous : Sunday, April 03, 2005  


mannat, everybody understands that she has been in this state for the past 15 years...but dealing with this fact is a different ordeal and seeing their daughter being starved to death before their very eyes is quite another. just go thru the site i mentioned...it reveals some shocking news...moreover he didnt even try with the therapy, stopped it way back in 1991!

hi sonika...i've read aonly alchemist of Paulo Coehlo, wud love to read the others! just short of time right now!
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Monday, April 04, 2005  


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