Human Exceptionalism

Forcing Doctors to Finish Failed Suicide

Back in 2006, a depressed woman named Kerrie Woolterton, swallowed anti-freeze and called an ambulance.

But she pinned a note on her blouse saying she wanted no medical treatment. And so doctors finished her suicide by standing around and watching her die.

Now, a woman has attempted suicide because she worries she has lost her “sparkle.” She failed but damaged her kidneys to the point she needs dialysis. 

She has refused the life-sustaining treatment, and at the request of her daughter, a judge has approved her right to do so. From the story published by BT:

The woman’s mother had damaged her kidneys when taking a drug overdose in a failed suicide bid and was now refusing dialysis, Mr Justice MacDonald was told. Specialists argued she had a “dysfunction of the mind” which made her unable to make decisions about treatment.

They asked the judge to rule that it would be in her best interests if treatment was “imposed” and restraint and sedation used if necessary. But Mr Justice MacDonald dismissed the application. The judge said he was not satisfied that hospital bosses had proved that she lacked the mental capacity to decide to refuse dialysis – although he said they had been right to bring the case to court.

We have come to a sorry place where the suicidal can force doctors to help finish the job by refusing care and forcing medical professionals to just watch as their patient dies.

The Culture of Death swallows light like a black hole.

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