Assisted Suicide

2374 Words Apr 14th, 2013 10 Pages
July 12, 2010 A Time to Die Matthew Donnelly was a young man who fully appreciated the beauty of being alive. He had several friends and a brilliant mind that helped him do priceless research in the field of X-rays. Everything about his life seemed to be normal. He was young, and his hopes for the future were full of excitement and dreams that appeared very likely to come true. However, a day that Matthew had never before anticipated was now reality before his eyes. Shockingly, at age 30, Matthew Donnelly was diagnosed with a brutal case of skin cancer. Suddenly, his mind was bombarded with unanswered questions that seemed to flourish and infuse every beat of his heart with fear. Instead of
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It does not take much to look around and see how much medicine has developed over the years. Scenarios involving certain illnesses that at sometime in the past seemed to be hopeless have been studied and treatments carefully developed. Many medical discoveries have been made, and many are the lives that have been spared because of such. On the other hand, however, it is undeniable that there are many forms of physical disorder that still cannot be fully explained by medicine. Extremely knowledgeable researchers and devoted doctors have been grappling with problems such as cancer and AIDS for decades, yet nothing has been discovered or developed further enough to completely cure these and also many other forms of deadly illnesses.
It is not possible to imagine the everyday life of a person plagued with terminal illness. Not only is their burden incomparably heavy, but also that of their family and friends who are forced to watch a loved one suffer over long periods of time. The Journal of Medical Ethics, one of the world’s most respected voices in the field of medicine, attempted to explore the experience of 18 people fighting against a terminal illness and make known the opinion of patients who are the main “target” of any decision made over this issue. A young female patient suffering from chronic obstructive lung disease emphasized her desire to be in control of her own life and be given the right to choose death over life. She said, “I
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