OK, a bit of a dramatic headline, but:
This past Saturday afternoon, Tim Bowers, a newlywed (married in August; wife is expecting) was hunting from a tree when he fell approx. 16 feet. The fall left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He’d be dependent on a ventilator to breathe, but no brain damage.
According to the story, his family asked doctors on Sunday to wake him up and ask him how he felt about being paralyzed for the rest of his life.
Perhaps it’s not surprising that given almost no time to fully digest the situation and figure out what his options are, no other consultations with other doctors to figure out what the medical alternatives are, family there telling him if he wants to live the rest of his life tied to a machine to breathe, he ‘decides to have his breathing tube removed’ that very afternoon, and he dies Sunday night.
No brain damage, apparently can still talk at least for a bit, baby on the way, still relatively young, and we have no idea what medical advances might be around the corner…
It’s obviously a very tragic situation, and yeah, there might not be many happy outcomes, but come on - ONE DAY after the accident? Giving the guy barely a few hours to come to grips with what’s happening?
Am I the only one absolutely disgusted at the family? Am I the only one shocked and appalled that the *doctors *didn’t step in and advise at least a few days pass before guilt-tripping the guy into offing himself?