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  • Euthanasia – Nuances

    Posted by Ahmad Shoaib on December 1, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Is it obligatory to extend your life as long as possible? Doctors place much importance on longevity but another major problem is quality. Some treatments lead to horrible lives that are almost unbearable.

    Can someone deny a treatment like chemotherapy – or is it euthanasia?

    Can someone decide to not have their heart restarted after an attack if it happens really often and they are tired of the medicines and living in a hospital?

    What about the doctor in this situation? What must he do?

    Must you save a dying person in all situations?

    Umer replied 2 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Euthanasia – Nuances

    Umer updated 2 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 9 Replies
  • Umer

    Moderator December 1, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Please refer to the video below from 1:37:32 to 1:38:26

    • Ahmad Shoaib

      Contributor December 1, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      Just to consolidate my understanding- reducing pain is the ultimate goal. So if their life is miserable and full of pain there can’t be an active killing of oneself- but to eg reject a treatment like chemotherapy- or write that I am not to be recusitated would be allowed

    • Umer

      Moderator December 2, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      Rejecting chemo can include a consideration of multiple factors in deciding whether one wants to receive this treatment or not. Therefore, the ruling may vary from case to case and it is not always an intention of getting killed early on purpose and with consent as done in euthanasia. Resuscitation however cannot be avoided just because someone has willed it so. These are both different scenarios.

    • Ahmad Shoaib

      Contributor December 2, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Both are medical procedures that would save your life if you chose to take them.

      DNR may be a consideration of many factors too eg having to go through so much pain/broken ribs and staying in the hospital perpetually.

      In any case- the doctor can’t be held responsible for not resuscitating or not giving chemo since you can force the patient right? He just can’t eg actively do euthanasia

    • Umer

      Moderator December 2, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      I don’t think Chemo always works and instead a person has to go through extra pain and suffering that could’ve been avoided by the person. This doesn’t mean that person will not opt other alternative medical treatments. The point is to reduce the pain and suffering for such patient, as recovery is impossible in some cases. This is purely a matter of application and involves certain practical factors which we cannot envisage for every case as a general rule.

  • Umer

    Moderator December 1, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Please refer from 1:48:33 onward

  • ودود

    Member December 2, 2020 at 4:12 am

    If the question is whether one should try to achieve longevity, my view is yes. That’s because one of the value God gives us is “excellence” or “ahsan” that means maximizing value out of the available resources. So our life is a resource and a one of the blessings of God should try to maximize it.

    • Ahmad Shoaib

      Contributor September 29, 2022 at 8:29 pm

      A child is born with a severe genetic condition that causes him to be in pain 24/7. If he is admitted to a hospital he can live till 6 months. If not- he will live till 3 and die.

      Would you also say longevity is better here as a principle?

  • Umer

    Moderator October 2, 2022 at 3:27 pm

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