When people plead with medical professionals to “do everything you can” to save a loved one, we might be trading quality of life for the sake of just keeping that loved one around. When most people are asked “how would you like to die?” two words come up time and time again: quick & painless. “In my sleep” comes in second. Even when doctors are given a choice of life in a vegetative state versus a quick, painless death, most doctors chose the latter. Most doctors feel that death is not the worst case scenario: the measures to prevent it are. Why?
Question: If you found yourself with an irreversible brain injury but not terminally ill, and your life could be saved with CPR, would you choose it? Most people would. But not doctors. In a recent Johns Hopkins study, 90% of doctors surveyed said they would NOT want CPR in the above situation. They would rather die.
Here’s why (click to enlarge):