Monday, March 7, 2011

Aruna's Caregivers Celebrate No Euthanasia Decision By Supreme Court

It's encouraging to see that many doctors and the nurses who care for India's Terri Schiavo, Aruna Shanbaug, are celebrating the Indian Supreme Court's decision that she not be euthanized. Obviously this is not the Netherlands, or Belgium, or Switzerland - yet.
Medical fraternity hails SC verdict on mercy killing
The Supreme Court verdict dismissing the plea for mercy killing of a nurse was on Monday welcomed by the medical fraternity, including nurses looking after the comatose sexual assault victim, which cautioned that any move to legalise active euthanasia was fraught with dangers.
“India is not mature enough to handle euthanasia,” senior Bangalore-based cardiologist Devi Prasad Shetty said while expressing his happiness over the verdict on a mercy killing plea on behalf of 60-year-old Aruna Shanbaug who has been in a vegetative state for 37 years after the assault in a Mumbai hospital. more

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