The Bioethics Of Prolonging Life Of The Terminally Ill

1270 WordsNov 2, 20156 Pages
The Bioethics of Prolonging Life of the Terminal Ill Prolonging life of the terminally ill is a bioethical decision. Bioethics is the study of controversial ethical issues that have come about due to advances in biology, medicine, and technology. Some think it is a simple decision on whether to let the pacemaker run or turn off, while others agree that it is a much harder decision than that. The decision of prolonging life comes with medical, moral, financial and legal obstacles (Butler 2013). Making health decisions is a big part of one’s life. These decisions can affect the happiness and well being of a person. Along with these many difficult decisions come challenges and obstacles. The first major challenge when deciding whether to prolong life is the question of will this help or cure the illness? Sometimes continuing life this way will only make suffering longer. In some cases, it is not as good as it sounds because of the side effects that come along with this decision. One side effect is that prolonging life can disrupt a person 's quality of life. Christiaan Barnard says that, “ I have learned from my life in medicine that death is not always an enemy. Often it is a medical treatment. Often it achieves what medicine cannot achieve-it stops suffering” (Jones p.1). Although, there are cons to prolonging life there are also pros. When a patient is having their life prolonged, their health might end up returning to its normal state or an even better state.
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