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Should Doctors Prolong Life

How far do you believe a Physican should go in prolonging a patients life from a Biblical perspective?

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 ---Cynthia on 10/5/07
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As far as the patient wishes them to do so. Some people don't want a life of pain and agony prolonged. The Doctor should always work for his patient and what he wants
---Pernice on 11/4/07

Cynthia - God bless you too. The same thing happened to my only sister, so I have an idea what it is like. You will get to see him again one day. Take comfort in that.
---Helen_5378 on 10/7/07

Helen5378, you really spoke to my heart, because last year, I had to make the decision to pull life support off of my son, and I have really been bothered by this. I also believe that God has the final decision. My son only had a 5% chance of living, he had cancer all over his body. When they pulled the life support, I was with him when he took his last breath. I still struggle with this decision. My son lived about 7 minutes after the machines were pulled. Thanks Helen for your insight, and God bless.
---Cynthia on 10/6/07

I do not believe that any doctor, or any other human being, has the right to end another person's life, such as in turning off a life support machine. There have been cases, one here in Australia, where a young man's mother urgently went to court and stopped them from turning it off. Her son survived and as far as I know is still alive today. Only God has the right to take any life.
---Helen_5378 on 10/6/07

What really gets me is why do doctors put somebody on a life support machine, to only a short time later in many cases turn it off and end their life?? Does not make sense. Why put them on it at all.
---Helen_5378 on 10/6/07

Melissa, I appreciate your point but would you extend that to suicide? If the day of our death is determined regardless of anything else wouldn't that also mean that any attempted suicide will either succeed or fail according to God's predetermined date for our death? After all, suicide is just as much a decision of a person as is a doctors choice to give treatment or a family's choice to switch off a life. Do you feel that God would override any of these decisions if that day was not 'the' day.
---RitaH on 10/6/07

I know that God is in control. Whether medical means are used to keep someone alive or not, ultimately God's will is done. He can perform a miracle healing on someone whom doctors have "pulled the plug on" or He can take home someone who doctors think will survive. Bottom line - He reigns!
---melissa on 10/5/07

My mom was a DNR. Meaning if her health gets worse she didn't want any CPR or any recitation. I agree with her. I told my husband that I do not want machines keeping me alive. If my kidney fails, I do not want to be on dialysis. I do not want a transplant. To me if a machine is keeping someone alive, they are suffering. If a person is in their right mind and is a DNR, no one, not even the Doctors can go against that person's wishes.
---Rebecca_D on 10/5/07

I don't think a life should be prolonged just because the ability to do so is there. There should be much discussion with the family and the patient (if that is possible). If the patient is in a coma or unable to communicate, any previous wishes of the patient, especially if in writing, should be honoured. There is a world of difference between doing something that will take a life and withholding a treatment (not wanted by the patient) which will shorten life.
---RitaH on 10/5/07

2. We should all be allowed to refuse treatment that we do not want, and life should not be prolonged just because science has found ways of doing so. That can often be inhumane.
---RitaH on 10/5/07

The Great Physician is Jesus Christ.
A physician takes an oath to preserve life.
That oath goes as far as the patient and family agrees. Some critical patients decide against invasive surgery, and leave the hospital. I don't believe in putting people down like animals.

---Michelle on 10/5/07

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