By Barrier Free Japan
August. 8 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 titled ‘Remaining time’, posted on July 10 2018, Hayashi starts by saying she is offering a “reply to a patient I met through this blog here.”
Hayashi goes on to talk about about a consultation with her physicians:
“It was in the hospital meeting room that I was sentenced to ALS. I asked a friend who I wanted to listen to with me, but only my relative was allowed to enter the meeting room. (This is also a strange story.)
I was listening to the three doctors in front of me because I knew what the disease was and what kind of disease it was, but I still remember the doctor’s voice “5 to 7 years”.
Last question? When I asked,
“Is it best to spend as little time as possible to keep the pace going forward, or is it better to work and do something even if it puts a strain on your body?”
The doctor answered without hesitation.
“It is better to do what you can while you are doing it.”
As soon as I heard the answer, I cried tears.
This is because the fact that one’s own life is being robbed is becoming a reality and attacks.
After that, I traveled to Hawaii in a wheelchair and made various memories such as driving, swimming, hot springs, and so on.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t continue my work until now.
That doctor’s answer may have been a personal opinion, but I’m glad I heard it.
So I want to think about what I can do now with another part of my mind, while frightened by the fear of illness, before becoming a body like me.
There should still be a lot to be done.
I still have a lot to do.”