Man's Suicide shown on TV
- 2Dec 9, '08 by Medic2RN Senior ModeratorTHESE shocking pictures reveal the moment a man kills himself at a suicide clinic in Switzerland.
The chilling scenes show Craig Ewert, 59, who had motor neurone disease, setting a timer to switch off his ventilator before drinking lethal sedatives.
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- 39Dec 10, '08 by robydobyI did click on the link. and I did read the story. I was moved by the story. I have been a nurse for 15 years. I have worked in several hospital settings as well as Hospice. I am a firm believer in a DNR and upholding the patients wishes above all else. Suicide is a tricky subject. My daughter is 14 and suffers from bipolar disorder. Before being diagnosed correctly, she attempted suicide. That is undoubtly one of the worst days of my life. I had her commited. However In this situation, I dont feel that it is all wrong. He talked to his family, he was given information and knew what was going to happen. he chose to end his suffering, as well as the suffering of his family. Who is to say if what he did is right or wrong? I have learned in my nursing career that their are worse things than dying. To see patients lay and suffer for days on end when you know that they never wanted to be intubated or tube fed- that should be a crime in my book.
- 1Dec 10, '08 by mikesrnI watched the video as well.I have to wonder were there any discussions by his physicians about the true nature of his disease and the fact he was terminal.Also did they discuss advance directives,and hospice.This poor man and his family wanted to end his suffering.I realize this is a slippery slope but some how the medical community could have done better by him.
- 4Dec 10, '08 by jmgrn65Quote from GoLytelyI looked at it, the man wanted the camera's there. So by not clicking on the link is actually adding insult to injury.I'm not clicking on the link. It adds insult to injury for this poor man's plight to watch it like it is a freak show.
- 11Dec 10, '08 by UTHSCSA-HopefulI did click on the link and would watch the documentary. Death is not a freak show but a part of life. Some people have long, slow, drawn-out and painful deaths. I think they should have the option of euthanasia if they are terminally ill. This definitely sheds new light on the debate of legalized euthanasia.
I guess my biggest problem with all this is that we allow animals an escape from painful terminal illnesses but we won't allow humans that luxury if that's the route they wish to take.
In the article it said he can have death or he can have suffering and then death. I am glad he had to ability to choose which route he wanted to take. He was given a quick death, on his own terms, where his wife was by his side.
Edited to add: I also think since passive suicide (DNR) is legal, active suicide should be legal for the terminally ill experiencing severe pain.Last edit by UTHSCSA-Hopeful on Dec 10, '08 : Reason: to add another comment