Paralyzed deer hunter chooses to end life support - SFGateHave you seen this? Tim Bower fell 16 feet out of a tree and shattered his C3, C4, and C5 vertebrae, meaning that he was paralyzed from the shoulders down, unable to move or even breathe on his own. Surgery fusing his back would allow him to eventually sit up with support, but he would never be able to walk, hold his baby, make love to his wife, or breathe on his own. The family knew that he'd said he didn't want to live that way, but they asked doctors to let him decide. He was brought out of sedation, his medical condition was explained, and he chose to have the breathing tube removed. He spent about five hours surrounded by dozens of family & friends, talking & praying & singing, until he died. I've been amazed at how many people are outraged that this "was allowed to happen." "Why the rush, why not wait a few weeks to see how he might recover?" "Why didn't he get some kind of mandated counseling?" I've seen the doctors called murders and Mr. Bowers called a coward. Personally, I'm happy that he had the chance to decide if he wanted to continue living via machine, and that his wish not to was honored in a dignified, even joyful, it sounds, way. I hope if I'm in that situation, that my family would do the same for me. Your thoughts?