Imagine If You Were Bedridden Living In The Hospital With

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Imagine if you were bedridden living in the hospital with a terminal illness and the doctor just told you that you only have 6 more months to live. You have been in constant pain for the majority of the hospitalization and you know that the next 6 months might be more than unbearable. Understanding that death will ultimately be inevitable with no hope in sight, you begin to think about deaths sweet embrace. In the end you know you don’t want to live out the rest of your days in agony so like most, you begin to look into any options that might help you. Researching around, you find out that a lot of people (who have been in your shoes) seek the option of assisted suicide through their physician. You give the idea some thought, imagining…show more content…
Even if doctors were to be able to help patients die there are a number of issues that they must take into account like: whether or not the patient has a history of mental disorders; whether or not they are cognitively able to make good judgment; and if they are being pressured by anyone to do it. But what if the patient was able to make good judgement with no outside interference, what then? Do we abide by the patient’s decision and face the consequences or do we refuse? Based on current research and studies done by reputable health facilities, it is clear to see that the doctors are prevented from doing physician assisted suicide by the law because it violates the doctors “Hippocratic Oath”, as highlighted below: "I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygeia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this contract: To hold him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to be a partner in life with him, and to fulfill his needs when required; to look upon his offspring as equals to my own siblings, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or contract; and that by the set rules, lectures, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to students bound by this contract
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