Wednesday, January 10, 2007

But It's Their Right

From LifeSiteNews:
A woman suffered severe pain after taking a fatal dose of poison at a Zurich suicide facility, crying in pain for four minutes before falling into a coma, the German news source Deutsche Welle reported yesterday.

According to a report in Zurich’s SonntagsZeitung news last Sunday, the 43-year-old woman suffered from a brain tumor. After taking a toxic concoction prepared by Dignitas employees, the woman known as A.H. cried out, “It’s burning. I’m burning,” before succumbing to the poison and falling into a coma. It took another 38 minutes for her to die, according to the SonntagsZeitung.

Despite Dignitas’ claim of offering a peaceful and dignified death to those who approach the organization, the report said one man endured a lingering death over three days. Known as Peter A., a German, the man spent three days in a coma before finally succumbing to the poison given him by the Dignitas team, the Zurich newspaper reported.
There was also a British husband and wife, Robert and Jennifer Stokes, who committed suicide together at the same facility, yet neither one was terminally ill.

Somehow, I don't think the "right to die" thing is working out very well.


At 1/12/2007 8:01 AM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

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At 1/12/2007 11:50 AM, Anonymous DaSquish said...

Hi Anna,
I'm not seeing where the "right to die thing" isn't working. There needs to be better way to do it so that there is less pain, sure, but it sounds like the end result was correct.

As for the British couple, why wouldn't they have the right to take their own lives? No matter what you do, you cannot take that option away from people. If someone really wants to kill themselves, they'll find a way. Better it be dignified and sanctioned so that legalities work out better for the families involved, than villified by the state.


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