I would give anything to be able to care for my husband ,like MS could have chosen to care for Terri. But my DH had a living will, and I was bound by his decision. I feel that I was hurried into an irrevocable life-and-death decision by the doctors and by his own family, but that's neither here nor there : Terri, to judge by the videos, is far more responsive to people and her surroundings than was my husband, on that last terrible day-and her heart beats on its own, her lungs operate on their own, and at least some doctors believe that as she does not drool, she can be trained to eat by mouth. While her life is not one I would have wanted for my DH, or would want for myself, in absence of a written directive from Terri, her family should have the opportunity to care for her till the NATURAL end of her ligfe-and as her heart and lungs are working ,that death should not be the result of slow starvation and dehydration.
posted on 10/29/2003 2:41:40 PM PST
This is exactly what worries me the most about this case- There is NO signed living will, by Terri, saying that she wanted to be removed from life-support if something were to happen to her. Her husband and his supporters are going on an assumption, something that she may or may not have said. And something that there is no proof that she did say. Anybody could use that excuse, it's just crazy that it is being followed. It would be like, for example- if I accidentally hit someone with my car, and killed them, if I went into court and said "Well- I heard from a friend of the victim. He said the victim mentioned one time, I forget how long ago, that he was depressed and had suicidal thoughts, so it's OK that I killed him, right?". I would expect to be convicted of vehicular homocide if I did that, because it is not a rational thing to do- to base your actions on what someone MAY have said. So how is this case any different? And, for what you did for your husband, in respecting his true wishes- I commend you. I know it must have been a horrible situation, but you did the right thing, since he did have a living will and those were his wishes. What Michael is doing, however- in my opinion, it is dead-wrong.
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