Tuesday, June 20, 2017
UPDATE, 6/21: Still no answer on why Otto, who had been stable for over a year in a persistent vegetative state, would suddenly die (What Killed Otto Warmbier? Maybe an Infection or Blood Clot), but today I saw that his family refused to allow an autopsy, which seems a bit suspicious to me. Did they deny him medical care or food/water? That would not have been illegal but I wonder about the ethics. In the news - Otto Warmbier dies days after release from North Korean detainment. We have all been following the story ... What Happened to Otto Warmbier? ... and it's very sad to see it end this way. According to Wikipedia, Otto's condition was that of "a state of unresponsive wakefulness"—a condition commonly known as persistent vegetative state, like that of Terri Schiavo. Of course, I don't know the cause of Otto's death, but I recall that when Terri Schiavo died, there was a lot of Catholic press and a lot of questions were raised about end of life stuff. I'm not sure how I feel about this. If I were in a persistent vegetative state, I'm pretty sure I would want to die, but how do you make that decision for someone else? The closest I've had to come to that was trying to decide at what point my elderly sick cats were suffering so much that they would rather be dead, and I still wonder if my choices were really made for them or for me. What does the church say about this? what do you guys think?