October 21, 2003

Fight For Life...Or Death

If you haven't already heard about it, an interesting battle is taking place in Florida. In 1990, Terri Schiavo suffered heart failure which left her in what doctors have described as "a persistent vegetative state." Her husband has fought to have her feeding tube pulled, insisting that his wife specified she did not want to remain on life support should anything happen. Her parents, however, have fought this decision. Today, the state senate is expected to pass emergency legislation giving Governor Bush the right to intervene, allowing him to reinsert the tube.

I truly believe everyone has the right to insist they not be kept alive artifically. Existing in a coma for 13 years is not the way I would want to live. And I believe that, most likely the husband is in the best position to understand his wife's wishes with respect to medical decisions. However, if this doesn't highlight the need for a living will, I don't know what does. Please, please, please - if this is something you haven't considered, put this at the top of your to-do list.

Posted by Chris at October 21, 2003 1:31 PM