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Old 08-07-2012, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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What do you think sbout mercy killings? Are they justufiable in any circumstance and should the "killers" face any real charges? Despite this mans obvious attempt to end his wifes misery, he's still looking at a murder charge say police, according to the article.

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Akron police say 66-year-old John Wise entered his wife's hospital room at Akron General Medical Center on Saturday and shot at least one round from a handgun while standing at her bedside. Barbara was declared dead Sunday morning......{snip}

....Akron assistant city prosecutor Craig Morgan said Monday that Barbara was incapacitated before her husband shot her in the head. She had been in the hospital's intensive care unit in in an extremely disabled state. Capt. Dan Zampelli confirmed she was in critical condition, and had been in the ICU for several days.....{snip}

Zampelli says police are waiting on the autopsy to decide what charge would be appropriate for Wise but he likely faces a murder charge
Ohio husband allegedly shot hospitalized wife in possible mercy killing - CBS News
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:22 AM
 
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Sorry, but people that age should have this sort of thing sorted out in their will. I'm 26 and know that if I was a vegetable on life support, I would want someone to pull the plug. No need to waste time, money, resources, or give people false hope when it's obvious you're brain dead.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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I've actually been through this situation, it's very very difficult especially if preceded by years of illness, it takes it's toll.

I can only say that the guy is 66 and no doubt under enormous mental strain.

Without knowing more about her illness and prognosis I don't know what to say on the matter.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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I have issues with this, and think that this will come up more and more now, with the "Silver Tsunami" hitting the US as the Baby Boomer generation gets older.

I see medical ethics, and DNR, Hospice, pallative care...as hot items in the coming decade...more to come.
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Old 08-08-2012, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Being I've worked in a Long-Term Care/Rehab facility the past 11 years, and with Medicare/Medicaid being the biggest drain on our Federal budget, and with time running out, money running out, let's catapult ahead 10-15 years, after we've defaulted on our foreign debt, and what do you see happening?

I know, full well, working in these facilities, the madness can only continue for how much longer!!!

And then? This Ohio man will get a check from the government along with a Congratulatory card and Get Out of Jail card?

The Government will be left with no choices some day! And what form of euthanasia they'll endorse will be anyone's guess!
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Most costs are related to end of life care. Some astronomical number in the last year of life trying to extend it. But, be careful, too. SOme people can pull through seemingly "hopeless" situations and go on with a good quality of life. I would be careful not to mark everyone with a broad brush that seems or looks "hopeless." Docs only know so much and medicine isn't black or white like most people think.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:26 PM
 
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Umm..yeah, only several days in the critical care unit?
When I first heard the story, I assumed that she was suffereing from some disease that may have been slowly causing her brain damage or deterioration, but "CCU" for just several days? And a loud gunshot wound to the head?!!
That doesn't seem like a mercy killing to me. That sounds awful.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:28 AM
 
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There are already "do not resuscisate" allowances and living will provisions so that these events need not always happen. But their are alot of unknowns in this article - what kind of ailment did the wife had? Was she in pain? Was she terminal? What quality of life was expected? The problem I have with this (from what little information we know) is it wasn't the wife that publically told her husband to end her life (via a living will or some other document), but the husband's decision himself. The guy probably felt he had no other choice or option, but a bullet is a brutal way to end a life, it could have just as easily resulted in a slow painful death, or life with further pain and disability for his wife. The poor guy was likely misguided.
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