Should a totally hopeless and helpless patient who has lost all powers of reasoning be forced to live? The number of people who are asking this question increases each day. Although the official position of the medical profession is to maintain life, due to the irrecoverable condition of the patient such as Terri Schiavo, euthanasia should be administered.
We are living in an age of medical miracles. Advanced lifesaving techniques begins to be accepted by irrecoverable patients who seek longer life. Some patients throughout the world are kept alive by the use of defibrillators, respirators, pacemakers and other similar equipments. Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old disabled woman in Florida, was kept alive by feeding through a feeding tube for over 15 years. However, Terri's feeding tube was removed on the afternoon of March 18th, 2005. Her physical condition slowly degenerated due to dehydration. She died on March 31st.
Do we really understanding how the patient feels? She might be incredibly disappointed because of the disabilities, or be even unable to feel anything.
These lead us to a critical question, that is, do we really know whether she would choose to live or die? However, due to the fact that the huge amount of 15 years' spending, which is used to only keep her alive, can not even better the condition, I believe that euthanasia should be legalized in this case. If the patient has no way to get better, why not let her die peacefully instead of continuously spending more money?
There should be a choice of death or life, regardless of who is making the decision. In this case, Euthanasia should be legalized. Life is invaluable, yet is 15 years of continuously spending worthy to keep a person who is useless to the society alive? The answer depends...