ANSWERS: 11
  • For my ex - sure.
  • If it was recommended that I go on hospice then yes. Otherwise, nope.
  • Yes I would,and that is what I would want of my self, if I was brain dead and not a hope in hell, yes I would for any one who asked such a thing.
  • Yes, there are situations in which it is worse to survive than to die
  • in a heartbeat. you bet I would
  • If nothing else can be done medically , I would sign.
  • already have, donor card too
  • I prefer the SMAAAC card yo... (Save My Ass At All Costs)
  • At this point in my life...no. I would if I had a terminal illness or poor quality of life left. I do however have a living will.
  • YOUR QUESTION: Would you sign a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) statement? ANSWER: First, it is not a DNR statement but it is a contract. And by signing it, you give permission for the doctors or medical personnel to stop giving certain aid or medical treatment or procedures to the patient that the DNR contract is for. What makes it a contract? You sign it, others witness it, and you are making an agreement and the others are making the agreement also. They witness that you signed it. Now, after you sign it, the patient has no further right to be resuscitated in the particular way that is relevant to the DNR form. I felt the pressure to sign one once because medical personnel insinuated or unofficially stated that it would be appropriate but when I got away from the hospital setting, away from "other people's ideas and opinions", I was with my own ideas and opinions, with my own conscience and my own thoughts and values. Once alone with "me" , rather than in the midst of medical personnel, I made the only true decision that I could make. I could not sign any paper that prohibits medical people from helping someone, from reviving someone, from aiding someone or from giving any form of any medical treatment to someone who was entitled to that medical treatment. In other words, if the doctors needed my signature to "stop" some kind of treatment, then I felt that my signature is not needed on such a form. If stopping this treatment were correct, moral and right, then why would a doctor need my signature to confirm that correctness? See, the problem with signing and not signing the DNR contract is that most people who say they would sign it are concerned about the "pain" that the human would feel. So they opt for signing it thinking that this will give the person less pain in this life. The problem with this kind of thinking is this, we do not kill people to put them out of their pain. Society has become too lax with life and too lax in protecting life, to the point where society usually opts for preventing pain --even if that means killing the person, no matter what. I believe that we are all having pain, of one form or another throughout our lives, yet we do not opt for killing but we opt for life. So when faced with decisions like this when we are "near" death, we still should opt for life. What gives a person more right to live just because they are "far" from death, rather than one who is near death seems to lose their right to help from the medical profession. Most times these judgments to stop medical aid are judgments from a financial, or social point of view. In other words, to keep the person alive longer costs the insurance companies more money. It costs the family when they need to come and visit and some have guilt feelings about having the person "kept alive". But just because people have expenses and feelings like that does not mean that God wants us to aid in someone's death. And the bottom line is this, if you sign a DNR, you are aiding in their death. There are no two ways about that. You can sugar coat it and say that you are preventing further pain but the truth of the matter is that death is final, while pain is temporary. You can ask that the patient be given pain killers if you are concerned about pain. Do not ask for death just because you believe someone is in pain. Too many THOUSANDS, yes, thousands, throughout this world have "come back" from physical states of what others thought were 'uncurable' or no hope. Too many thousands have been saved from the brink of death, and have learned to talk, to walk and to live their lives all over again. What if they decided on death for Steve Reeves? Look at his life, his accomplishments and look at all that was done when he was "at death's door". One human being is no less than another human being. We cannot "save" celebrities and then ask for death of those close to us or of those of our family members. Always ask for life, no matter what. Death will come soon enough in our lifetimes, that we do not have to aid it by stopping medical aid. In other words, don't put a DNR form in front of me and expect me to sign it. I fully understand what it means now, what the ramifications are and what the possible results, all the possible results might would be. If someone asked me this question today, I honestly would have to say, emphatically, "No!" . And with that, I could live with my decision. No. Never. This picture in this article is a picture of the ramp to one of the city's best hospitals.

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