Dr Oz: Keith Ablow vs Montel Williams
Dr Oz did a show called “Do You Have The Right To End Your Own Life,” which featured Montel Williams who spoke about his suicide attempt (click on this link to read more about it: Montel Williams Suicide Attempt). According to Keith Ablow, MD, Psychiatrist and Fox News Contributor, euthanasia is “a prescription in bad medicine” and the practice should be illegal. Dr. Ablow stated that this is not a new debate and that all doctors need to be on the side of prolonging life and instilling the will to live. Dr. Ablow stated that the Netherlands has been practicing euthanasia for years and that it’s basically a feeling of despair that drives people to do this. It is a slippery slope trying to decide whether a person is just depressed or are they actually wanting to end their own lives because they are terminally ill.
Dr Oz: Right to End Your Life?
Dr Oz introduced Dana, whose body is ravaged by disease. In her younger days, Dana was athletic and an honor student. She has two kids and when she was healthy, she took them everywhere. She was active, happy, and felt like she had a future.
Then Dana had symptoms. She began dropping dishes and other things. She could not hold or grab. She knew something was wrong. In 2003, Dana was diagnosed with Degenerative Nerve Disease. Today, she is in a wheelchair. She cannot stand, brush her teeth, scratch her itches, and needs someone to bathe her. Dana told Dr Oz that she was mentally and physically tired. She was also lonely and depressed all the time. Dana told Dr Oz that she was tired of putting on the brave face. She was tired of being a trooper. People told her she could be worse, but she does not believe that. She thinks of herself as “living in hell” at the moment.
Although she has a great family, Dana felt her future was not a happy one. She is in bed 99 percent of the time. She cannot run or play basketball with her son or take her daughter to the mall. When she was first diagnosed, doctors told her she had 3-5 yrs to live. It’s now been 8, going on 9 years. Dana describes feeling like she is just existing and not living.
Anthony, Dana’s son, doesn’t want her to die. It hurts him to see her hurting. His sister has been with mom the entire time. She saw the beginning of the disease up until now. Dana’s daughter started to cry as she explained that she wanted her mom to stop suffering. Dana’s daughter encouraged her mother to take a drug cocktail and kill herself if it will end her suffering.
Dr Oz asked Dana if she would take her own life if given the option. Dana stated yes and that she has thought about this several times. According to her, no one understands how she’s feeling inside. This is not the life she wanted. If she could take something to end it all, she would. She did not want to live like this any longer.