THE hospice let my mother die while I sat and watched.
I’d been called in for an appointment with staff where I was cornered in an office and bullied into agreeing that “a care pathway” was the best option for my Mum.
It would allow her to die with “dignity and zero pain” they told me.
In Western society we are taught not to question the medical profession because they are knowledgeable and supposedly want the best outcome for our loved ones.
Nurses had come to our home and seen me struggling with Mum’s care as she was dying from a malignant brain tumour, and suggested palliative care might be the best course of action.
I regrettably gave the palliative care team the green light, a choice I have to live with for the rest of my days.
In theory, palliative care sounds like a kind approach. Its objective is to give comfort in one’s final days instead of artificially prolonging one’s life, which is considered cruel.
Sadly, in practice, palliative care has metamorphosed into something different. For many patients, it is a backdoor form of euthanasia. Palliative care claims not to hasten death, yet this happens frequently.
Elderly patients, like my Mum, are sedated and deprived of fluids and nutrients which dehydrates and starves them to speed up the process. This happens in Australia and around the world.
In 2012, Patrick Pullicino, professor of clinical neurosciences at Kent University, told a conference the Liverpool Care Practice in the UK was an “assisted death pathway” for more than 100,000 patients each year.
“Very likely, many elderly patients who could live substantially longer are being killed by the LCP,” he said.
As a daughter who cared for my terminally ill parents until their deaths, I can tell you family members are often not fit to make decisions on behalf of their relatives.
Under the stress that accompanies a relative’s medical condition, they are unable to comprehend what doctors and nurses do and say. I speak from experience.