A REAL AND PRESENT DANGER: MEDICAL DISCRIMINATION




A REAL AND PRESENT DANGER:
MEDICAL DISCRIMINATION

By M.A., Medical Technician
July 2020

It was a shocking experience. Sue was in her early 70's. She ate each meal. When she began stumbling in the dining room, the management said, "We need to get hospice to talk to the family." The hospice staff convinced Sue's family that she was declining, that it was "her time." She lay in bed, helpless, being pumped with morphine, and died within four days. I have asked myself repeatedly why she had to die. She was still eating and drinking, but others chose to end her life simply because she stumbled!

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