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Graingers should not have refused care

As my own mother died from Motor Neurone Disease a number of years ago, I could sympathise with the Grainger family over their mother's plight (Life, October 2). That is, until I read that they had turned down palliative care.

I cannot understand why they would refuse this help, when doing so prolonged their mother's agony.

Palliative care does not seek to prolong anyone's life unnecessarily, but rather provide pain-relief to ease their passing.

As their mother was pro-euthanasia, surely she did not want her suffering used to deliberately further the euthanasia cause?

Your editorial called for debate on the issue. This has been debated at length in Britain and the medical establishment has come down against altering the purpose of medicine from restoring life and health to assisting death.

Once this happens, it provides a slippery slope, as Holland is already showing, with non-terminally-ill patients and psychiatric patients now being 'helped' to die and involuntary euthanasia also increasing.

When my mother died, there was no hospice in the part of Scotland where she lived, but she was given first-class care by doctors and nurses and died peacefully.

Instead of promoting the right to end the life of another human, we should show compassion by supporting the hospice movement to provide a peaceful end for as many as need it.


Tandragee, Co Armagh

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