The judges said that if he had made a living will expressing his future wishes he could have been allowed to die in peace earlier.
She has been brain-dead and in a vegetative state since the night of 27 Novemberwhen she was brutally and sexually assaulted by a ward-boy who also choked her with a dog-chain. This cut off blood supply to the brain, resulting in brain stem contusion and injury to her cervical cord, which also left her cortically blind.
Her death brings an end to agony that she may not have been aware of, but it poses uncomfortable questions to us as a society. How is it fair to allow a human being to live a vegetative state for so long? Human beings have a right to life, but is this life?
How is it conscionable for a society that does not provide adequate hospital care for so many people, including hospices for the old and senile, to block resources for someone who had no chance of recovery even to the stage of bed-ridden consciousness? Is passive euthanasia enough? Who, and how, must society decide on pulling the plug on cases like Shanbaug.
The court verdict came in Marchand the fact that Shanbaug lived for four more years means she lived due to the consistent care given to her by KEM nurses.
Clearly, passive euthanasia is no solution in some cases. Beyond satisfying the care-giving instincts of the nurses, who obviously had love and emotional bonding with a sister-nurse who was the victim of rape, the Supreme Court decision actually achieved nothing. It is time to tackle the question more boldly.
The real issue is the right to die with dignity — which has two broad angles. Read this Guardian story on euthanasia and assisted suicide laws around the world.
Euthanasia is controversial for many reasons: The most important reason is often religious. But religion is never rational on this score. It is human reasoning that must prevail.
The second reason is that neither family nor doctors feel comfortable playing god themselves.
This is a real issue. The state clearly has to set foolproof guidelines on who can take these decisions, and create panels that can supervise passive or active euthanasia. The third reason is the expectation that some time, at some point, science may discover something that could be of help.
Now, this reason appears valid, but surely some kind of cut-off is needed?
Maybe, sometime insomebody could have found a way to revive Aruna Shanbaug. But this is a case for not letting anybody die.
Some sensible cut-off time limit, based on knowledge of current medical knowledge and likely future developments, can be crucial in these decisions.When Shanbaug’s case went upto the Supreme Court, the court did not sanction active euthanasia, but okayed passive euthanasia – which means withdrawing treatment and not offering regular food that she cannot consume on her own.
Her case spurred thousands of letters of sympathy and fuelled the "right to die" movement. How many people need to die degrading deaths before society learns a little humanity?
Exit is committed to research and teaching in these difficult areas. At a previous hearing his QC Paul Bowen said his case was that 'an act of euthanasia or assisted suicide' was the only means 'by which his suffering may be brought to an end and his fundamental.
In a unique case under the country's euthanasia laws, the year-old brothers, from Antwerp, chose death as they were unable to bear the thought of never seeing one another again. On December 14, they were euthanized by lethal injection at Brussels University Hospital .
8 Most Controversial Cases of Euthanasia. Posted on March 9, by Grace Murano. Cateogory: In a unique case under the country's euthanasia laws, the year-old brothers, from Antwerp, chose death as they were unable to bear the thought of never seeing one another again.
On December 14, they were euthanized by lethal injection at. Nov 15, · Many noteworthy euthanasia cases happen in Belgium, which has some of the most open euthanasia policies in the world. For example, people do not have to be terminally ill, and there is no minimum age for someone to be euthanized.