posted on Nov, 11 2008 @ 12:50 AM
My first thought was very much in line with the thoughts of all of you. It is tragic that such a young girl has chosen to decline treatment. The fact
is, she may have indeed eventually passed away despite medical treatment, but she also just might have survived. As an outsider, it saddens me to
think of what future prospects she might be rejecting. But then, as I read that she has had leukemia for most of her life (its treatment contributing
to her current problem) and now faces the prospect of either (a) receiving yet another invasive treatment, to be followed by a lifetime of medications
and inevitably more surgeries, or (b) death, I sympathize. I can certainly see how she might be ready to say "Enough.". The physical pain must be
absolutely incredible and I cannot even imagine the mental torment it must inflict upon a child. The article quotes her father as saying, "Hannah had
been through enough already and to have the added stress of a possible court hearing or being forcibly taken into hospital is disgraceful." Taking it
all into account, I must agree with him. There are no comfortable options in a situation like this.
Clark, I also thought that the term "terminally ill" was strictly reserved for cases in which there is no treatment and death is certain to follow
within six months (this seems to be the clinical definition). Apparently, the term is often used more loosely to describe a situation in which
treatment may be tried but death is projected to be imminent. A relative of mine was recently diagnosed as "terminally ill" with cancer, but the
doctors are still prescribing chemotherapy in the hopes of saving her. I would assume this case would fall under the same category, as her successful
treatment was not promised and death was sure to come quickly if treatment failed.
[edit on 11/11/08 by paperplanes]