When doctors make decisions that families may not like, sometimes, the families might believe that the only reason why these options are being given is to save time, money, or effort. Doctor Murray claims that patients or family members would bring up unreasonable choices that would only delay the soon death of their loved one, and at this point Doctor Murray would offer to transfer the patients care to another doctor or hospital. Yes, the families may be delaying the soon death of their loved ones, but at what cost, cause the patient more and more pain just to live a short while longer? Doctor Murray eventually comes to the point that he had urged one of his past patients to stay away from surgery on her feet, but she did not listen to him and ended up getting the surgery which failed, and had to get her legs amputated, two weeks later she died in that same medical center. The point that I believe Doctor Murray is trying to get at is that sometimes people will try to do whatever they can to save themselves or their loved ones, even if it involves ignoring the advice from a medical professional. I would have to agree with Doctor Murray on this one. The reason that I agree with Doctor Murray on this one is because I have personal experience with a situation like this one. I know that families may sometimes enter a phase of hysteria and do whatever they can to save their loved one even though it is inevitable that they are going to pass. In the above paragraph I did not do much other than talk more about how families of patients try to extend the lives of their loved ones, but cause their loved ones to go through more unnecessary pain.
Lakhani 4 Doctor Murray has many more valuable points when it comes to the death of doctors throughout his article, but one that really stood out to me is when he talked about his older cousin, Torch.
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