To live, or not to live, that is the question

Science has come a long way, especially when looking specifically at the world of medicine. Doctors used to lock people in asylums and treat them like prisoners when they were mentally disabled. Surgery was done with very little anesthetics and without proper practice or technique and the basic IV was just a simple needle rather than something that rushed fluids and medicine in our bodies. There are surgeries that have organ donation and we can do blood transfusions. Medicine has come a long way and is only getting better.

There are some individuals that will not support or use the medical advancements that we have today, which is sad because these practices were made in order to help them and to hurt them like they think. Individuals that are apart of the religion Jehovas Witness refuse to use or take part in blood transfusions because it is a disgrace to God. Though this is what they believe, it is so hard for me to wrap my mind on this because if someone is losing blood at an extreme level and the hospital has the blood ready to help them and the family decides to say no to the blood because of the religion, that person is going to die. So where should the line be drawn? Why are parents letting their kids die or families letting their kin pass away because of a religion? Its hard to believe that things like this happen everyday in the medical setting when the tools that are there are meant to help them but religion gets in the way of saving lives.

Looking at this from a judgement and science perspective: when people are eager to do procedures that have little to no background information because of how new they are, I am going to talk about Rosemary Kennedy and her Lobotomy gone wrong. In her early life she had a mental illness and at the age of 18 she had the mentality of a fourth grader, so history says. So her father decided that she should get a lobotomy and because this wasn’t perfected or reasearched thourughly at the time, it went horribly wrong. She did not need this surgery; she was fine. The only thing that was slightly wrong with her is that she was a little slow in development and the family thought that this was going to help her. What it really did to her was take away her basic functions and left her with little to motor skills. Now was this worth it? Not at all. Rushing into something that is not needed nor researched enough was definitely a bad call but things like this are what makes medicine what it is: trial and error.

Medicine has gone far and will continue to go further, but it needs trial and error. It is a continued experiment. What medicine also needs is people willing to participate in the experiments but what restricts this is not only religion but fear. Though blood transfusions and donations have been around for decades, there are religions and healthy people that refuse to donate or accept them. There comes a point where we have to choose to live and do what is best for us.

Why Don’t Jehovahs Witnesses Accept Blood Transfusions? N.p.: JW.org https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/jehovahs-witnesses-why-no-blood-transfusions/.

McNeil, Liz. The Truth about Rosemary Kennedy’s Lobotomy. N.p.: People, 2014. http://www.people.com/article/rosemary-kennedy-timothy-shriver-fully-alive.

One thought on “To live, or not to live, that is the question

  1. I believe you are very right when you say medicine haas come a long way and i am very thankful for that. I don’t believe people should refuse medical treatment if it is proven to save lives and has very little room for error. I think that it does need to be a whole body healing though. for example with cancer one needs to have a positive and uplifting outlook on life to go along with their treatments if not and they only focus on the negative then they will never get better. I think thats where religion comes in to play. But yes, you may need more than just the belief in an act of God or something similar. I also think that the line needs to be drawn when you’ve run out of options or when the treatment is going to cause more harm than heal is when you stop treatment.

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