By Barrier Free Japan
July 29 2020
It was reported on Thursday 24 July 2020, that two doctors were arrested by the Kyoto Prefectural Police for allegedly murdering a woman who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the patient’s request.
The deceased, a woman aged 51 named Yuri Hayashi, ran a blog and a Twitter account.
On May 27 2018, Hayashi wrote a blog post entitled ‘Life saved by Euthanasia‘: Hayashi seems to suggest that a person who is considering ending their life because of a condition like ALS, might have better mental health if they don’t “have to hurry and commit suicide.”
I wrote about “suicide” recently, but if euthanasia is recognized, there is a life that can be saved, or more, there is a soul that can be saved.
It’s something I’ve been thinking about since I was diagnosed with ALS, I’ve read similar opinions on other patients’ blogs, and it’s probably a general perception in discussing euthanasia. I think, “I don’t have to hurry and commit suicide.”
Not only that, but if you think it can get easier if you can’t do anything, you will be freed from the days of frightening the fear that you have been waiting for every day, and you can concentrate on living this moment today, today… It is “euthanasia” for “living.” Certainly, the patient’s mental quality of life will increase.
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