My sisters keeper

May 29, 2018 Medical

Should terminally ill patients be offered the “right to die”? This is one of the questions invovled in My Sister’s Keeper. Anna, who’s sister Kate is about to die, files a law suit against her mom because she forced her to make medical decisions that were not her own. Anna is supportive with her sister’s condition and has given all she can to help Kate’s recovery from leukemia. (Yet the discovery of the purpose of her filing this lawsuit is because her sister Kate wants to die.

) Anna claims that her parents push for her to donate her kidney unwillingly is wrong and she also claims that she is being denied the right to make decisions as regards her own body. While Anna believes that such an action would be very wrong, her parents emphasize that it is the right decision if saving Kate’s life is the ultimate goal. This book covers the life of a family going through an extremely difficult period. Most people believe giving ill patients the “right to die” is essentally agreeing to legalize suicide, the “right to die” should be an indiviuals choice for three key reasons.

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First, what is lving? Is it living in a bed off of machines and laying there doing nothing? Or is living beibg invovled in society, doing the things you love, and doing the things? Once a patient illness devlops so bad to where the patients is basically just sitting there and has no chance of getting better, the patient should then be offered the “right to die”. Dont get me wrong, if the patient is making progress for the better and will one day be healthy agian, they should not be offered the right to die.

If that person is not able to choose, someone in the family should have the right to make that decision for them. If I were on my death bed with some uncurable disease and I was able to make the decision I would want my life to end. I would not want to live on a machine the rest of my life. I would not want someone or something else running my life. Every individual should be offered the “right to die”. Second, When the patient is offered the “right to die” they would go peacefully and with no struggle.

To me, that is an obvious and quick decison. If you asked anybody how they wanted to die if they had to, they would probably say anything that involves no pain, no struggle, and quick. That is exactly what will happen too if they are offered the “right to die”. The “right to die”, once offered would be very quick and easy! Lastly, the people who criticize the “right to die” may say the family of the patient who accepts this would go through a lot of mental struggle and pain

from losing a loved one. Even though that is true, the family needs to realize if they were on their death bed with some uncurable disease and was able to make the decision they would want their life to end. They would not want to live on a machine the rest of their life, or would not want something else running his/her life. So, the family needs to accept the “right to die” and just think if that was them, then everyone will benefit! Just like how Kates mom and sister did!

In summary, everyone is going to have an opinion in this matter just as each person should have a choice. We can see how a case like Kate, who is suffering from leukemia, can be sympathized by reaching out and trying alternative ways to help a patient with extreme depression wanting to end their life because of what their depression is telling them to do. This is a struggle that will be within the medical field for years to come as there is no legal end in sight. The power to protect our rights which is the “right to die” should be our choice.


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