ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

“This article contains a number of important factors in discussing euthanasia…related to ‘life’ and ‘death’” writes the late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient

"I think this article contains a number of important factors in discussing "euthanasia." No, it describes the issues related to "life" and "death" for all. I want you to think about it once.”

By Barrier Free Japan

August 5 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.

In a blog post on June 28 2018, titled “Euthanasia as described by a palliative care doctor” Hayashi writes more specifically about euthanasia, sharing a link to a Buzzfeed article. Hayashi writes:

“I think this article contains a number of important factors in discussing “euthanasia.” No, it describes the issues related to “life” and “death” for all. I want you to think about it once.”

I think this article contains a number of important factors in discussing “euthanasia.”

No, it describes the issues related to “life” and “death” for all. I want you to think about it once.

Mr. Hatano, a cancer patient, said that he felt relieved because he thought he would always die with a shotgun, but in fact I also kept my mental stability by putting a cutter knife on the bedside. I called it an amulet. (In my personal opinion, the illness called ALS is mentally the most difficult at the beginning. I was convinced that I was ALS, and I was hospitalized for inspection, sentenced myself, and the number of people who became stuck every day increased. It is pushed down to the bottom.)

The article also states that “the option of euthanasia gives you the freedom not to choose euthanasia”. In fact, even in countries where euthanasia is allowed, they will eventually die of palliative care.

“Let’s meet after that person” “Let’s do that afterwards” “Let’s do our best today only one day.”

If you have such a last trump card, it is enough to inspire you for a number of reasons, even for someone as weak as me.

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