Essay on A Righteously Acceptable Death : Rushing Towards Room 45a

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A Righteously Acceptable Death
Rushing towards room 45A, nurses make their way through the busy halls with medical carts swerving at every corner. With shoes squeaking, people’s screams echoing throughout the hospital, and phones ringing, doctors block out all this commotion and desperately hurry to make it on time. Inside the room, worried faces surround the unconscious patient with sweat and tears coming down like an endless waterfall. Twenty-seven sets of chest compressions are performed, three bags of IV fluid are injected, and millions of tubes are placed all over the patient’s body, and yet there’s no sign of recovery. After several weeks of repeating the same, suspenseful process, the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) individual’s mind, body, and soul gradually changes to one of helplessness, sorrow, and relinquishment. Time after time, he awakens with a hopeless, tired attitude. “When will all this pain be over?” He questions his wife, as he extends his pale, weak hand to hold hers. Should patients be forced to endure a slow, excruciating pain while they downheartedly wait for their death? Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is beneficial to the terminally ill and should be employed because it relieves them from suffering, creates a change in a death-defying society, and patients die with dignity and voluntary choice.
Some people argue that assisted suicide is immoral and can cause a decline in care because the lower costs of medication might encourage physicians to…

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