LET Life's toughest choice
I wish to thank you for running the article "Pulling the plug" on Nov. 1. I agree with Jacki Folger making the choice to terminate life support when her mother became severely ill after going in to the hospital for routine hernia surgery.
Brain damage is one reason for making the difficult choice to end a loved one's life support, another would be if they were terminally ill and suffering great pain. If the patient is mentally able to function, then they should have the choice to terminate their own life support.
However, if a patient is non-functioning mentally, then the family should think strongly about the medical situation the patient is in and what kind of life that person would have to live if the life support was on.
I have had to live through this same dilemma. When my father became terminally ill, he made the request of the family to let him die at home and to use no heroic measures to prolong his life. One day he went into the hospital for some tests and by the end of that day, he was in a coma on life support. Fortunately for us, he died before we had to make that final decision. I know that one day, my children or I might have to make that choice again, and we will be ready.