Friday, January 09, 2009

"Doctor, please let me die..."

few days ago i was called to attend a case at the casualty department. a 60-year-old Chinese guy was gasping for air, he looked so hard to take every breathe. of his limitation of breathing, he was still trying so hard to talk to me.

"doctor, i need water..."
"doctor, i am very hungry..."

after making fast examination, i called upon his family members for further information of his previous condition. aiyaaa, he has been such for very very long time. and he got admitted to few hospitals for similar presentation, he got collapse a few times also.

he has very severe lung problem, in short at terminal stage.

the patient already knew his condition. after few episode of miracles, revived after collapse. he has lose the hope. with his last few breathe, he told me...

"doctor, please let me die..."

sad to say this. and his only daughter was sobbing to see his condition. so unwillingly to accept the option, yet so sorry to see his worsening condition.
they agreed for not active management on him, they opted not for intubation, nor performing CPR on him.

on the next day, he finally took his last breathe. a peaceful ending for him, freedom from his torment, a solution to his family members.


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