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ETHICS OF WELFARE ASSIGNMENT SUMMARY AUTHORS 1 Telegraph Group Ltd 2 Independent on Sunday ARTICLE TITLE 1 The Will to Live 2 Why my father had to die SOURCE 1 Telegraph 2 Independent on Sunday DATE 1 1998 2 Unknown The main focus on the following two summarized articles is the euthanasia issue Two terminally ill men have been looked at with the focus on euthanasia whether they should be allowed to die with dignity or suffer pain to a natural end Mark Foster was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 1994 Motor Neurone Disease is a fatal degenerative condition that attacks the nervous system Sufferers rarely survive more than five years after diagnosis Mark who is a garden designer is a father of three and is married to Nathalie His quality of life is poor He cannot eat he cannot move he cannot talk His lungs need regular suctioning to help him breathe He is not in pain he is alert and aware but is trapped in a body that barely functions Mark Foster wants to live His biggest battle has been with the medical profession who have in his opinion urged him to let his precious life slip away to die with what they consider dignity They have never suggested withholding treatment but have implied that it may be the best way for him and his family At times he has faltered His terminal illness has terrified him it has sapped his will to survive but he is determined that no one will take from him the life he has left He states even if I only do the littlest thing with the children and teach them something each day it was worth me being here His story is one of inspiration but one that also frighteningly illustrates the subtle pressure that
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