Thursday, September 20, 2012

Koreans Debate End Of Life Issues

Pro-death ideas come to South Korea.
New survey will gauge public opinion on euthanasia
When doctors removed a respirator from a 76-year-old woman known only as Kim , it sparked a national debate in South Korea about choosing to die, or not, and who can make that choice.
The doctors’ decision led to a landmark Supreme Court case in 2009, the first time it had been called to rule on whether to maintain life support for a patient in a vegetative state, as Kim was at the time, although doctors at the Protestant Severance Hospital in Seoul continued to feed their patient. The court order only referred to life support for the respirator, which doctors had originally refused to turn off.
Miraculously, Kim lasted 202 more days and died in January 2010. more

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