Daniel Steinhoff Prin. Of Bio 7/2/2011 Dying Peacefully, Instead of Living Painfully 17 month old Emilio Gonzales has an incurable disease, and who without the help of a ventilator would die within hours. Emilio's mother and guardian has stated that she wants to keep her son on life support even though The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Austin Children's Hospital, where Emilio was staying, contends that keeping Emilio alive on a ventilator. The hospital has reported that the vent is painful for the toddler and useless against his illness. The disease that Emilio is suffering from is a rare degenerative disorder that has no cure. Emilio's story is a prime example of letting some die in peace instead of keeping them alive in agony. Life support is an artificial kind of life in which people whose body can sustain itself are kept alive. When someone is on
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