Dr Oz: Moral Responsibility of Doctors
In this segment, the debate continued. Dr Oz introduced Dr. Devon Webster, MD Cancer Specialist. Dr. Webster is living with MS. She also took care of patients with cancer and has gone through chemo herself. When her patients come to her to consider the Death With Dignity Act, Dr. Webster felt “proud” to discuss it with them. She also felt that she had not defied the Hippocratic Oath. Dr. Ablow is appalled that she would do this, stating that he would not want a doctor who was an expert in ending life. Dr. Ablow went as far as suggesting that Dr. Webster was not a good doctor if she discussed ending life with her patients. (The discussion really got heated here.)
Dr Oz & Dr Devon Webster
Dr. Webster was saddened that he felt that way, but that Dr. Ablow cannot tell her or anyone else what suffering is. Dr. Ablow stated that people already have the choice of living or dying inherently. It is the doctor that should be in the service of preserving life. Dr. Ablow stated that a doctor (or anyone else) does not have the ability to know what people will feel later on in their lives. Doctors should embrace the Hippocratic Oath and Dana should be around to motivate someone else. (This garnered plenty of reactions from audience members.) Montel argued that Dana shouldn’t have to be the poster child for anyone else and that it should be Dana’s choice.
Dr Oz & Dr Barbara Coombs Lee
Dr. Barbara Coombs Lee is the president of Compassion and Choices. Dr. Lee stated that her foundation does not advocate aid in dying. Compassion and Choices is for people that don’t have the choice between life and death. The people she advocates for are terminally ill and are staring death in the face. They are going to die.
Dr Oz & Dr Ira Bycock
Dr. Ira Bycock, Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, stated that Dana’s condition is giving her a way to die gently and NATURALLY. According to Dr. Ira Bycock, alleviating suffering is different than alleviating the sufferer.
Doctor Oz asked Dana if she had the opportunity TO NOT HAVE secretions sucked out, or not to be given antibiotics, or use a tube to aid her in living a life like this, what would she do?
Dana didn’t have an answer.