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Monday, March 09, 2009

Death with Dignity Losers

In honor of the law going into effect last week, this was sent from a cranky reader…

So I probably should not be sending you this right now cause I am so fired up over this. I just got back from a benefit for a friend of mine who has a boy dying of a brain tumor. This is one of my best friends and I have been very involved with this women and her son for the last 5 years. At this benefit the make a wish foundation people were there and were announcing the make a wish programs that were going on this year. A gentleman who was at my table ( a doctor at Children’s Hospital) was going off during the speech how this is such a waste of money during these economic times. His exact words " these kids just need to be made comfortable and live out the rest of there lives" I looked at him and said maybe they should get what they want and then be able to die with dignity. He looked at me like I was the devil. I asked him what the problem was and he got very defensive. He went to medical school for years he said to save lives and now we are just supposed to let them kill themselves after all he has given up. I said. Wow, It seems like it's more about the doctors than the patient. At this point the mother of the child spoke up and said she would rather have her son die with friends and family around him and remembering the love and support than lying in a bed hooked up to machines, not even knowing who was there just basically being a vegetable. My point is people just don't understand what these people are going through unless you are a part of it on a daily basis. This doctor knows but he is not emotionally attached to this boy. In the end what does it really matter to him, besides it goes against his ratio of how many he saved vs lost. I realize we are talking about a 10 year old boy but it is amazing how much in-site a dying young boy has. Even he wants to go happy and with a little dignity.

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