It is only human to feel sympathetic towards someone who is suffering, who is neglected and who is basically left to die. Seeing such patients is an eye-opener and should teach us to appreciate life, and more specifically, be grateful for our good health.
I had a 65 year old male patient who was under palliative care. Before meeting the patient, my clinician briefed me about the patient. He is RVD positive, has TB, has contractures in all his limbs and that he is blind. I was not really sure what to expect. Upon meeting the patient, I was saddened to see how he looked. He was lying in foetal position with the blanket over his head. While having a conversation with him, he mentioned that he is depressed and does not feel like living anymore. This mainly due to the fact that he feels like his family just “threw him away”. Although the topic of Euthanasia was never brought up, he mentioned that if he could overdose, he would, as he has nothing more to live for. He cannot do anything for himself and is completely dependent on the nurses at the hospital. This made me feel uneasy. At the time I wish I had magical hands to heal him. No human being deserves to feel alone in an environment where you are surrounded by people. Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
In Islam we are taught that the Almighty is in control of everything and that only He can decide when and how one is going to die. Research shows that religion has the greatest effect on attitudes towards Euthanasia (Cavlak, 2007). But ask yourself this: Would you want to live a meaningless life where no one (not even your family) cared about you? Would you still want to live and feel like a prisoner in your own body? Euthanasia can be defined as: “An act deliberately designed to end life of a person suffering from a serious, incurable disease, and at his/ her request to put an end to a situation that he/ she considers unbearable” (Dubois, 2014).
I am open-minded person and I believe in my religion, but i feel that voluntary Euthanasia should be legalised and that patients should be given the option (if ever they become extremely ill) of whether they want to be euthanised or whether they want to continue to live a life where they are isolated…
Ugur Cavlak, U. B. (2007). Attitudes of Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy students toward euthanasia: A comparative study. Advances in Therapy, 135-145.
Dubois, E. (2014). Death wishes and explicit requests fo euthanasia in palliative care hospital: an analysis of patients files.