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Warning - Are You Being Targeted For Euthanasia?

Discussion in 'Free-For-All Archives' started by dianetavegia, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. dianetavegia

    dianetavegia Guest

    Warning - Are You Being Targeted For Euthanasia?

    By Mary Therese Helmueller, R.N.

    In 1984, while working as charge nurse in the intensive care unit, a 20-year-old man asked me, "Can you give my mother enough morphine to let her sleep away?" I was horrified. "I can not kill your mother," I responded. That was only the beginning. Recently, an 80-year-old was admitted to the emergency room and the physician said, "LET'S DEHYDRATE HER"; one more patient was sentenced to die in hospice with NO TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS and once again, THE LIVING WILL determined the death of a 70-year-old man regardless of how he pleaded to live. I can no longer remain silent.

    Your life may be in danger if you are admitted to a hospital, especially if you are over 65 or have a chronic illness or a disability. The elderly are
    frequently dying three days after being admitted to the hospital. Some attribute it to "old age syndrome" while others admit that overdosing is all too common. Euthanasia is not legal but it is being practiced.

    Last year the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 1 in 5 critical care nurses admit to having hastened the death of the terminally ill! I believe the percentage is much higher. I have worked with nurses who even admit to overdosing their parents. No one knows the exact euthanasia rate in the United States, however Dr. Dolan from the University of Minnesota states
    that 40 percent of all reported deaths is probably a conservative estimation. If this is true then the United States is executing euthanasia at a higher percentage rate than the Netherlands where it is also illegal but widely practiced.

    Did you know that many doctors and nurses whom we trust are speaking openly about their desire to practice euthanasia? In fact they are even speaking about ending their OWN lives when they reach the age of 65 or BEFORE if diagnosed with an illness. Some even admit to stealing the drugs for their own lethal injection. Think about it. These are the same people who will determine the value of YOUR life. If they do not value their own, how can you expect them to value yours?

    I am a registered nurse in the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area with 15 years experience in emergency and critical care. My knowledge of euthanasia not only comes from my experience working in the critical care units throughout
    the Twin Cities, but also comes from a personal tragedy and loss in 1995. This is my true story. My hope is that you will educate others and protect yourselves and loved ones.

    On Monday, February 20th, my grandmother was admitted to a local Catholic hospital with a fracture above the left knee. She was alert and orientated upon admission but became unresponsive after 48 hours and was transferred to hospice on the fourth day and died upon arrival.

    I was in Mexico City conducting a pilgrimage and unable to be at her side so there were many questions upon my return. The doctors could not tell me the cause of her death so I began to search for the answers and was fortunate to
    obtain the hospital chart. It then became very clear that my grandmother had been targeted for euthanasia!

    Carefully tracing the events it was evident that my grandmother became lethargic and unresponsive after each pain medication. She would awaken
    between times saying, "I don't want to die, I want to live to see Johnny ordained": "I want to see Greta walk." Johnny was her grandson studying in Rome to be a priest and Greta was her new great-grandchild. Even though over-sedation is one of the most common problems with the elderly she was immediately diagnosed as having a stroke. When she became comatose a completely hopeless picture of recovery was portrayed by the nurses and doctors who reported that she had a stroke, was having seizures, going in and out of a coma, and was in renal failure.

    The truth however can be found in the hospital chart which indicates that everything was normal! The CAT scan was negative for stroke or obstruction, the EEG states "no seizure activity" and all blood work was normal indicating that she was not in renal failure! How were we to know that the coma was drug induced and that all the tests were normal? Why would they lie?

    Looking over the chart it is clear that obtaining a "no code" status was the next essential step in executing her death. This is an order denying medical intervention in emergency situations. The "no code" was aggressively sought by the medical profession from the moment of her admission but was not granted by my family until it appeared that she was dying and there was no
    hope. Minutes after obtaining the "no code" a lethal dose of Dilantin (an anti-seizure medication) was administered intravenously over an 18-hour period. It put her into a deeper coma, slowing the respiratory rate and compromising the cardiovascular system leading to severe hemodynamic instability. The following day she was transferred to hospice and died upon
    arrival. The death certificate reads "Death by natural causes."

    My grandmother had no terminal diagnosis but the hospice admitting record indicates two doctors signed their name stating that she was terminally ill and would die within six months. How was this determined? The first doctor, who was the director of hospice, never came to evaluate her or even read the chart. More interesting is the fact that the second doctor was on vacation
    and returned three days after her death! Obviously these signatures were not obtained before or even upon her admission to hospice. How can this be professionally, morally or even legally acceptable? Can anyone therefore be
    admitted to hospice to die? It certainly seems possible especially if sedated or unresponsive. In fact, this hospice has recently been under
    investigation for accepting hundreds of patients who had no terminal illness.

    It Could Happen To You

    How can this happen? A serious problem lies in the definition and interpretation of "terminal illness" which permits the inclusion of chronic
    illnesses and disabilities. Terminal illness is defined as "an incurable or irreversible illness which produces death within six months." The fact is that many chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure are incurable and irreversible and without medical treatment such as insulin and other medications these illnesses would also produce death within six months. Therefore, those with chronic illnesses or disabilities can be conveniently denied medical treatment and even food and water to make them
    terminal. Typically it is the elderly who arrive in the hospital that are at the greatest risk. But it could be ANYONE! Especially those whose life and suffering is viewed as useless and burdensome.

    Difficult to believe? Well it was for our prolife lawyer until his mother-in-law was admitted to a hospital several months later for a stroke.
    She became "unresponsive" and "comatose" a few days after her admission. The neurologist wrote an order to transfer her to hospice refusing an I.V. and tube feeding staring "this is the most compassionate treatment." Remembering my story, our lawyer requested the removal of all narcotics and demanded an I.V. and tube feeding. This infuriated the neurologist. He began to accuse
    the family of being uncompassionate and inhumane. To prove his point he began a neurological assessment on the patient. Just then she opened her eyes and pulling the physician's necktie, forced his face to hers and said very clearly "Give me some water!" It was obvious that she was awake, alert and orientated. He angrily cancelled the transfer to hospice and ordered a
    tube feeding and intravenous. Several weeks later she was discharged and was exercising on the treadmill! She escaped the death sentence. Unfortunately many others like my grandmother have not. A stroke does not make you terminal but not receiving food and water does!

    The killing in hospitals today is commonly referred to as "the exit treatment" and disguised by the word "compassion." Many doctors and nurses
    honestly believe that this is the most compassionate treatment for the elderly, the chronic and terminally ill, especially those whose suffering is seen as hopeless, inconvenient and a waste of time or money. Those who hold
    this twisted and corrupted idea of compassion actually believe they are doing good because suffering has no value and materialism is their god. For instance, how often have we heard that Medicare and Medicaid are "running out?" "So why not relieve pain and lighten the financial burden of our families and society?"

    As a result, many patients are intentionally oversedated and forced to die from dehydration, starvation or over medication. "Death by natural causes" will be officially documented on the death certificate. Did you know that this is the exact same proclamation on the death certificate of St. Maximillian Kolbe? Everyone knows however that he died from a lethal injection in Auschwitz concentration camp after many days of dehydration and starvation!

    (Catholic information removed here)

    There is a good and legitimate purpose for hospice units, but how can it ever be morally acceptable to transfer patients to a unit to die when they have NO TERMINAL ILLNESS? How can sedating a patient and refusing a tube feeding and intravenous be considered compassionate? Dehydration and starvation is not a painless death! Has this become the Auschwitz of today?
    A convenient and economically efficient place to dump the unwanted, imperfect, and burdensome of our society?

    Would a "living will" prevent these tragic events? The living will makes you a clear and easy target to be euthanized. A "living will" has nothing to do with living. It is your death warrant. It actually gives permission to
    facilitate your death by denying medical treatment. Did you know that it was originally developed by Luis Kutner in 1967 for the Euthanasia Society of America? It is the most cost effective tool for hospitals, insurance
    companies. Medicare and Medicaid. Therefore, since 1990 it has been deceptively packaged and promoted as a patient's right known as "the Patient Self-determination Act." If cutting care for those patients who ask for it wasn't so successful in saving money and controlling the budget, why then did it originate in the Senate Finance Committee and why was it supported by
    the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health? These are finance committees whose only interest is controlling the budget! It is obvious that
    the living will is all about saving money, not your life!

    Many people fear the loss of control that comes with illness and hospitalization. Tragically, they are deceived in thinking that the "living
    will" protects them and restores this control in their lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. No one knows the exact condition in which they will be admitted to the hospital. The "living will" is written in very broad
    terms leaving it open to the interpretation of medical professionals and others who stand to benefit from your demise. Remember your best interests or your interpretation may not be theirs! Can you imagine writing general instructions or signing a legal contract for the care of your Mercedes Benz several years before any problem occurs? "Please do not give oil or gas"; "If in three days it can not be fixed stop everything and trash the car." How absurd and ridiculous! It takes time to diagnose and treat even car problems! If we would not foolishly demand this for a car then how can we demand it for a human life which has an eternal value?

    Recently, a 70-year-old was admitted through the emergency room in respiratory distress. He was placed on a ventilator and transported to the
    intensive care unit. He was awake, alert and orientated anxiously writing notes: "I don't want to die": "I changed my mind": and "Please don't take me off the machine." He was very persistent and urgent with his pleading. I soon understood why! His family and physicians were meeting to discuss a serious problem. He had signed a "living will" declaring that he did not want "any extraordinary measures." He was now viewed as "incapable" of making any decisions and they wanted to follow his wishes as stated in the
    legal document! Very convenient for those who do not want their inheritance spent on hospital costs and for those who do not want to be bothered with a "useless burden" to our society!

    Today hospitals and health care facilities are required to ask patients if they have a living will or lose government funding! The question is proposed in such a way to create pressure on patients so that they think it is something good, desirable and necessary. "Do you know that you have a right in the state of Minnesota to possess a living will?" Please remember that the living will targets you for euthanasia by denying you medical treatment. Living wills kill: they do not protect you. Instead, I urge you to obtain a
    copy of "The Protective Medical Decisions Document" (PMDD) from the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force, www.internationaltaskforce.org
    P.O. Box 756, Steubenville, Ohio 43952. Ph: 740-282-3810. Sign it and keep it among your records. Please get rid of your living will!

    Can you or a loved one be targeted for euthanasia without a living will? The course of events and treatment in my grandmother's short hospitalization are documented. She did not have a living will. Please know the following steps- it could save your loved one's life.

    1) Oversedation Causing Lethargy And unresponsiveness Difficulty or
    inability to awaken a patient.

    Some patients, especially the elderly, are very sensitive to pain medications which are slowly metabolized by the liver. Toxic levels build
    quickly with very small doses commonly producing lethargy and unresponsiveness. Elderly patients require approximately 20% less of the normal adult doses.

    2) A Hopeless Picture Of Any Recovery The patient appears to be comatose and dying. The medical staff affirms this with overwhelming reports and

    3) No Code Status Also Referred To As DNR/DNI (do not resuscitate/ do not intubate)-The consent is obtained from the family. It is a request to deny a patient delivered emergency care in a life-threatening situation.

    4) Lethal Doses Of Dilantin Or Narcotics-(morphine) This will hasten the death, shortening the hospital stay and expenses.

    5) Transfer To Hospice Without Tube Feeding Or Intravenous Due to sedation and inability to eat or drink the patient will die of dehydration and

    If a loved one is lethargic or unresponsive demand to see the medical chart and medications sheet. If you do not understand the terminology and medications, consult a pharmacist. A computer printout is available at pharmacies on most medications. If you suspect over sedation speak to a prolife doctor or nurse and then ask to stop all narcotics and wait at least for 48 hours to see if there is any improvement. Contact prolife
    organizations such as National Right to Life Committee to obtain information and local phone numbers of prolife organizations, doctors, nurses or lawyers in your area: National Right to Life Committee:
    http://www.nrlc.org/default.html 512 10th St NW Washington, D.C. 20004;
    Think twice before giving consent to a "no code status." It has become too convenient for those nurses and doctors who hasten the death of their
    patients! Furthermore, it not only denies emergency medical treatment but many professionals also deny the following: antibiotics for pneumonia: medications and assistance to choking victims!

    If your loved one is being transferred to hospice DO NOT assume there is a terminal illness. Ask to see the chart especially in regards to unresponsive elderly and comatose patients. Remember that "comatose" is not a terminal
    illness, but not receiving food and water will make anyone terminal! Always ask for a second opinion. Consult with prolife nurses or doctors.

    If you need assistance in finding a prolife doctor, information, or just need to discuss your concerns on a particular case, please contact The
    Moscati Institute; 2901 Branch Street: Duluth MN 55812 Ph: 218-728-4608.

    Your life may be in danger especially if you are over 65 and admitted to the hospital. Euthanasia is not legal in the United States but is being
    practiced. Recently, Dr. Kevorkian in a TV interview said, "Why is everyone focused on me? There are many more doctors doing the same thing!" A pediatric cardiologist who interviews students for a prominent medical school on the east coast recently reported that more than 95 percent agreed with Dr. Kevorkian's practices. The culture of death has permeated the minds
    of our doctors before they enter medical school! Obviously euthanasia is already being taught through the media, entertainment, primary and secondary schools and even in our families!

    Euthanasia is embraced by the lack of values in our society. It is the result of a culture that has accepted and promoted the killing of unborn
    children. The value of life is the extent of the pleasure and well being it brings. Suffering, imperfection, illness, and inefficiency are viewed as unbearable setbacks, useless and burdensome. Death is viewed as a "rightful
    liberation." As a result, euthanasia is packaged to appear desirable and then sold to the unsuspecting public as the "living will," "death with dignity" and "the right to die." Is it not logical that those who can kill the child in the womb will also kill their parents in their old age for the same reasons of convenience, compassion, money etc. . . .?

    We should think twice about promoting euthanasia by saying: "I hope there is a Kevorkian around when I get older," or "Just shoot me if I ever become like that." There is a great spiritual value to suffering. Every human life must be valued and supported as a precious gift. We cannot afford to patronize movies, TV programs, businesses or any forms of entertainment that
    promote, encourage and support the killing of innocent life. Prolife political candidates deserve our support and votes. It is imperative to be informed. We cannot fight what we do not know or do not see. You can contact Human Life International and ask for their monthly newsletter. Human Life International; 4 Family Life; Front Royal, VA 22630; phone: 540-635-7884:
    FAX: 540-636-7363.

    More importantly, we must work to convince government officials and medical professionals to protect all human life from the moment of conception to natural death. You have escaped death by abortion but you are all being
    targeted for euthanasia!

    Miss Mary Therese Helmueller, R.N. lives and works in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. She is a registered nurse with fifteen years of experience in emergency and critical care. This is her first article in HPR.
  2. Doubting Thomas

    Doubting Thomas Active Member

    Jan 22, 2003
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    Very sobering. Thanks for the article, Diane.
  3. music4Him

    music4Him New Member

    Feb 7, 2004
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    Thank you Diane for posting this information. It took me having to do a search through the website to find out everything about the "The Protective Medical Decisions Document". The link posted in the artical speaks about Terri Schiavo.

    I'll never understand why the "Living Will" got that name when it gives an ok for the right to die? To me its like it tricks people?
  4. dianetavegia

    dianetavegia Guest

    Here's that link:


    Protective Medical Decisions Document (PMDD)

    International Task Force's Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care in which the signer names an agent to make health care decisions in the event that the signer is unable to do so. The document expressly defines and prohibits euthanasia.

    Available only in sets.

    Each PMDD set includes questions and answers, a checklist, 3 PMDD documents and one Protective Identification Card.

    Available in Multi-State version and state-specific versions.

    For AK, AL, CA, CT, DE, FL, HI, IN, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, OH, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, WI, order state-specific version. For all other states, order Multi-State version.

    $8.00 (includes postage and handling)

    Be sure to specify version when ordering.

    CYBERDOVE New Member

    Jan 30, 2005
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    Not all living wills are for the right to die, it could be also for the right to live. It can also state that you wish to be put on life support, sheila

    CYBERDOVE New Member

    Jan 30, 2005
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    Thanks Di ---I am going to call them right now------sheila

    CYBERDOVE New Member

    Jan 30, 2005
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    I'm back, I just ordered the pmmd forms. thank again
  8. dianetavegia

    dianetavegia Guest

    The VA had tried to force my husband to fill out a 'Living Will' a couple of years ago. One woman told him he 'couldn't be seen again until he filled it out and returned it'. I can't remember how he got around it.

    Won't be too long and we'll have our wishes on our drivers license alongside our organ donor info.
  9. mioque

    mioque New Member

    May 23, 2003
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    "No one knows the exact euthanasia rate in the United States, however Dr. Dolan from the University of Minnesota states
    that 40 percent of all reported deaths is probably a conservative estimation. If this is true then the United States is executing euthanasia at a higher percentage rate than the Netherlands where it is also illegal but widely practiced."

    "He was now viewed as "incapable" of making any decisions and they wanted to follow his wishes as stated in the
    legal document! Very convenient for those who do not want their inheritance spent on hospital costs"

    At the moment the way health care is financed overhere, helps keep the euthanasia level down a little. Health care bills are unlikely to eat up one's inheritance, so at least your next of kin are less likely to want you dead. There is usually considerable tension between the financial management of a hospital (who want to keep the costs down) and the medical staff, who want to treat the patients without the beancounters getting in their way. So usually the doctors don't want to kill you for financial reasons either.
    All of this may change soon.

    For all practical purposes however euthanasia is fully legal overhere. A doctor won't ever be prosecuted unless it was blatantly murder instead of assisted suicide.
    If you're terminally ill and want to die a little sooner than your appointed time, that's easily arranged.
  10. Rachel

    Rachel New Member

    Oct 3, 2004
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