My lovely mother in law suffered a stroke 5 years ago. Although, she is conscious and able to sit in a wheelchair, she can't speak, eat without a feeding tube, or recognize her loved ones. Her body is skeletal, her eyes swollen and empty and she wears a diaper.
Although, she is fortunate to be in a adequate private facility, her existence is a living hell.
After caring for her older brother who was an alzheimers patient and living in a nursing home, she stated to me that she would rather be shot than live under those conditions. She was horrified. I was horrified by her statement.
Live and learn.
Its been 5 years and she remains incarcerated in both mind and body.
She is awakened every morning, fed then dressed and placed in her wheel chair. There she sits staring blankly into the abyss. She can't interact with anyone.
People cringe and throw the word euthanasia around as a political issue. It should be a humane issue.
Truth be told, there should be a death panel available to free this lovely lady from the hell that she is living in.
It's the human thing to do.