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Euthanasia - Passive Euthanasia

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Hastening the death of a person by altering some form of support and letting nature take its course is known as passive euthanasia. Examples include such things as turning off respirators, halting medications, discontinuing food and water so as to allowing a person to dehydrate or starve to death, or failure to resuscitate.

Passive euthanasia also includes giving a patient large doses of morphine to control pain, in spite of the likelihood that the painkiller will suppress respiration and cause death earlier than it otherwise would have happened. Such doses of painkillers have a dual effect of relieving pain and hastening death. Administering such medication is regarded as ethical in most political jurisdictions and by most medical societies.

These procedures are performed on terminally ill, suffering persons so that natural death will occur sooner. They are also commonly performed on persons in a persistent vegetative state; for example, individuals with massive brain damage or in a coma from which they likely will not regain consciousness.

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over 7 years ago

Resuscitate means to bring back to life or to keep from completely dying in one word to revive.

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almost 8 years ago

well, i thought that was a terrible explanation. what does resuscitate mean in real words? :(

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almost 8 years ago

good explanation, but why is it so important?

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about 9 years ago

good explanation