Right to die - Kristin Welling Professor Jaenicke The Right to Die Imagine walking in to see your grandmother at her nursing home As you walk

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Kristin Welling Professor Jaenicke The Right to Die Imagine walking in to see your grandmother at her nursing home. As you walk through the hallways you hear slight grunts and then a piercing cry of agony. You realize that cry was your grandmother’s. She has Lou Gehrig’s disease or, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which damages and ultimately destroys the motor neurons. Motor neurons control the muscles that help us do things such as walk, lift objects, and even breathe. This is a merciless disease that causes its victim great pain and fear. There is no cure for this disease so there is no hope for a normal life once the disease kicks in. You softly squeeze your grandmother’s hand to try and comfort her. She cannot grip your hand because the disease has attacked her hands now too. She tries to smile at you but you can see the pain in her eyes. You stay with her for just a bit longer, and she tries to communicate to you that she can’t live this way anymore. She begs you to do something. She hates living this way. She says it’s not even living because all she can do is lie in bed wondering when the disease will reach her heart and kill her. You know it’s illegal, but you can’t help but to talk to doctors and nurses about her condition. You plead Welling 2 with them telling them that she is living with a life sentence and all she wants is to not be in such great pain. You want them to show her some mercy. But instead your grandmother has to live in pain every day. She has to cry and wonder when the disease with finally take her out of this world.
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The act that your grandmother so desperately wants to be legal is euthanasia. “Euthanasia is the act of intentional death for the dependents’ alleged benefit”
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2008 for the course ENGL 015 taught by Professor Stjean,shawnr during the Fall '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Right to die - Kristin Welling Professor Jaenicke The Right to Die Imagine walking in to see your grandmother at her nursing home As you walk

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