Sunday, July 28, 2013
Not sure I understand
This morning I read the heading of an article in the Guardian in reference to the British Medical Association declaring that force-feeding the prisoners who are on hunger strike at Guatanamo is a gross violation of medical ethics.
Why so? Is it not done to prevent suicide? If it is done for other reasons it is political and not medical or ?
What about medical ethics when terminally ill patients or elderly that do no longer want to live are kept alive by force-feeding through tubes and other means?
Why are my thoughts wrapped around this article which I only read the heading of? If I had read the article I might have found the answer to my questions and would not have had the opportunity to get this off my chest....... Mutti was 88 when she died in hospital. For three days she had to share space with other patients and each time I sat with her she would whimper "please let me die". When I returned on the forth day she was in a private room and no longer whimpering. I was trying to feed her the pudding from the tray that had been brought to her when a doctor walked in and said " why are you feeding her when it only prolongs her agony". I stopped feeding her and the trays stopped coming . Maybe the trays stopped coming first but I can't help but feeling as if I had stopped first.