11-24-2009, 08:20 AM
But then again, wouldn't that promote the worst suffering? Being trapped in the prison of your own body, unable to do anything... most people would welcome death rather than an entire life like that. Baby RB was like that; he had brain function, but he suffered every day of his life. The decision to let him die was the correct one, and he peacefully passed away with his parents beside him.
The question here is; what is more important, life or quality of life? Or, the fact that a patient is suffering or the fact that their relatives can't bear to lose them? It's a lot like the dilemma that a lot of parents of premature babies go thru. Tho there is always someone who'll bleat out, "But I was a premi! I was born at 24 weeks and survived!", that just shows complete ignorance of the subject. A 20 weeker is a lot different to a 24 weeker; a month is a long time in a fetus's life.