I've told my family and many friends this before, but since there's no way I'll have time to make a living will before I go to Japan (not that I expect anything to happen there)--

If I ever end up brain-dead, severely brain-damaged, or on any sort of life support in a situation where I am incapable of making my wishes clear and there is little to no hope of recovery, for God's sake pull the plug.

Incidentally, I have never met a single person who has expressed the desire to remain on life support indefinitely when there does not appear to be a person left inside the body. Is that something anyone wants? I'm not talking about a Christopher Reeve-type situation, but being maintained on life support when you're in a coma or coma-like state and enough time has passed that doctors say you'll never wake up.

From: [identity profile] james-nicoll.livejournal.com


We did have a recent case up here where a comatose patient was ended up in the morgue and her family decided to kick up a real fuss. Their objection seemed to be based in the fact that the lady wasn't brain-dead, just sleeping and also that the hospital left the patient who _had_ died behind, in the bed next to the sleeping woman's. Apparently there was some kind of fingerpointing malfunction when the medical staff indicated which person was to be removed.

From: [identity profile] rilina.livejournal.com


Staying on life support indefinitely wouldn't be my choice, but I know people (including some on LJ) who have said otherwise.

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


I know someone who says otherwise, but he's a very devout Catholic with strong views on the sanctity of life.

From: [identity profile] slithytove.livejournal.com


Incidentally, I have never met a single person who has expressed the desire to remain on life support indefinitely when there does not appear to be a person left inside the body. Is that something anyone wants?

Yes. Many people say this. Why? Because hope springs eternal, and timor mortis conturbat me.

Me, if my EEG shows no cortical activity, let me go. There's no 'me' there any longer. But not everyone feels this way.

From: [identity profile] medize.livejournal.com


My brother would prefer to be kept alive, actually. But he's told us not to take drastic measures because he believes he shouldn't take up a bed and money from someone else who may need care.

From: [identity profile] faithhopetricks.livejournal.com


I think my mother's indicated to me she doesn't want the plug pulled, but that was quite some time ago. Not sure why -- she's not a v religious Xian, or not that Xian, for that matter. Dad's always been "Hell yeah, pull the plug!"

From: [identity profile] lilrivkah.livejournal.com


I would like to have the plug pulled and my organs immediately donated to somebody who isn't brain dead and actually needs them. I'd like to think there'd be some use from my death. :)
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