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Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

Sometimes Right to Delay Treatment Refusal



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I believe in the right to refuse medical treatment. But sometimes, it should be done in slow motion.

An Indiana man became paralyzed and decided to go off life support only one day post injury. From the Daily Mail story:

A newlywed and father-to-be who became paralyzed from the waist down after falling from a tree told his family to switch the life support machine off so he could die – just one day after the accident, it emerged today…

He would never walk or hold his baby. He might live the rest of his life in a rehabilitation hospital, relying on a machine to help him breathe. He’d never return to those outdoor activities that gave him such peace. ‘We just asked him, do you want this? And he shook his head emphatically no,’ Jenny Shultz said

Good grief, people change their minds! The extent of recovery from such injuries can even surprise doctors.

Studies show that life is not over because of paralysis. Just ask Charles Krauthammer. 



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