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A question of life and death.

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13th July 2003 Rebecca Simpson A QUESTION OF LIFE AND DEATH In class we watched two videos, both were about the suffering and pain people went through during he times of either " Life or Death". In the first video a women called Christine Draley-Jones was speaking about her experience. Christine signed a Life Will; a will that says that if anything happened to her that would but her in life or death state she would rather be not treated on, then having any medical help or using drugs for the rest of her life. This is called "Persistent Vegetative State" But when this came this, through a routine operation, she was notified with Spinal Bifida - brain damage. At the moment I feel that even though she has this disease, I don't know why she wouldn't want to give it her best shot in fighting it, rather then giving up straight away. By now Christine was going through a terrible time as she was dieing and wanted to end it straight away, and she thought it was going to happen as she had signed a Life Will, but this didn't happen. In her Will, it all together states that if there was anything to happen to this individual person, leaving them in a critical illness for the rest of there life, then they didn't want to suffer like this and stop all together. ...read more.

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But why did he suddenly change his mind? I think he changed is mind because before had I don't think he realised how much he would be losing e.g. like hi family, friends and leaving them all behind, but I think the biggest reason he suddenly changed would be that he was scared of dieing. The other person in the video was a man with Multiple Sclerosis; this man was a different case all together as he actually wanted to die. Many people have different views in what they want to happen to there body, if and when they get a diseases such as this. But this man in the video knew what he wanted from the start. This is good, but also bad as in that you know what you already want to do when you get a illness like this, and there is nothing else you would want to do to try and control the disease. But there is a good in this too, the good inside of this is that you are already prepared for it all, maybe not for all the things that will come out of this, but this man is properly mentally prepared for it all. In the second video, it was all about a reconstruction T.V documentary about a real life women, accused of murdering her son. ...read more.

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As the video continued, so did the ever-lasting story, how she had cared for her child and all about the hospital appointments. But one part of the video that came out at me for being a real mother instinct, was when she was explaining about the medication that the doctors where giving him, and the making sure that he was regularly feed. Because he had just got onto breast-feeding and as she couldn't be there all the time she let the hospital milk, but one night they didn't give him any at his feeding time as they said that he was sleeping. The mother went mad; she knew that if he didn't get feed he was more liable to get infection. She was outraged by this and that part really stuck out at me for being a mother instinct. But when her child was getting worse and worse she couldn't handle it any more and the screaming and staying awake all hours of the day. And she finally had it. She couldn't stand seeing her child suffering like this so she made that he would end all the uncomforted he was suffering form and help him die, as he was already dieing for this disease but luckily he was able to last a little more of the drugs he was given then his brother. She decided to help her son in the best interest of her heart and nothing else. You may call it Euthanasia, but I would call it a mother helping her son. ...read more.

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