Essay by camathalionJunior High, 8th grade November 2005

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Should a patient who has lost all powers of reasoning and who lives like a vegetable, totally hopeless and helpless, a terminal case who only wants to die, be forced to live? The position of the medical profession is to maintain life indefinitely, regardless of the condition of the patient, but with certain cases, euthanasia should be used. The medicine today has made so much progress, the lifesaving techniques were once thought to be impossible. Patients throughout the world are kept alive by the use of respirators, pacemakers and other similar equipment. Normally when an EEG reading is what is known as "flat line", the person is officially dead. What this actually means is that although there may not be any brain activity, other vital organs can work by means of certain equipment. Now heart and lung machines can keep people alive for a long period of time. Euthanasia should be used when a patient has no chance of recovery, and is only kept alive by machines.

First of all, patients who have no chance of recovery should be allowed to use euthanasia. They have the option to live, but why can't they also have to option to die. They have suffered long enough. Why can't doctors put them out of their misery by giving them a chance to die? Every single day, they are alive only because of machines, they still feel pain, they still feel loneliness, and they still feel the misery. It is inhuman to keep them alive just because of your own personal reasons. They can't talk, they can't think, and they can't move. Why would anyone want to be like that? If someone dear to you had died, you would instinctively think that the person should live. Well, how do you think that the person...