Victim of Flesh-eating bacteria

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Victim of Flesh-eating bacteria

I have been following the heart wrenching story of the young girl who is fighting for her life after already losing a leg to flesh-eating bacteria. It has been reported that she will also lose her other foot and her hands because they are also badly damaged. My son is cancer survivor and an amputee, and I still can't imagine the pain her family is suffering. I have been surprised reading some of the comments from readers of the articles about her how may people say that they should just let her die rather than lose her limbs. With technology today it just seems like there are so many ways that life is worth living even with such a tragic loss. Are these people just being ignorant, or do others really think your life wouldn't be worth living if you lost all your limbs? Would you rather die than have all your limbs amputated?

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/11/victim-of-flesh-eating-bacteria-is-showing-fighting-spirit-dad-says/comment-page-2/#comments

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I'm sure I could live without a leg or a foot or a hand, but I would not want to live without a leg, and a foot, and both hands. I don't mind being disabled to a certain degree, but I don't want to be completely incapacitated. My stepdad was very clear, when he was fighting his cancer, that he'd rather die than lose his hip. He gave us a whole laundry list of reasons once, I'm not even sure how the conversation came up, but he said if he couldn't live fully, then he was just existing and he didn't want to just exist. He was really adamant about it. And when he bled out and was on life support, and the only options were to let him die or amputate above the hip, we let him die. :cry: My mom kept saying, "I can't make this decision," and my sisters & I told her that we weren't, he did, and we were honoring him by not prolonging a life he wouldn't want to live. If he'd said, save my life no matter what, we'd have done that. Talk to your loved ones, people!

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There are some situations where I would rather die than experience. If I was a complete vegetable with no form of communication or brain activity. If I had terminal cancer and there was no hope of getting better and the Chemo would be very painful. Situations like that. I do not think loosing my arms and legs would qualify. I have seen really great artificial limbs that could make you still have quality of life. It would be difficult, but still worth having a life.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

There are some situations where I would rather die than experience. If I was a complete vegetable with no form of communication or brain activity. If I had terminal cancer and there was no hope of getting better and the Chemo would be very painful. Situations like that. I do not think loosing my arms and legs would qualify. I have seen really great artificial limbs that could make you still have quality of life. It would be difficult, but still worth having a life.

I agree completely. A girl DH knows had necrotizing fasciitis and she lost portions of organs and a great deal of skin, muscle and connective tissue. She was a day or two away from dying. She's still going through skin grafting years later. But, she's living an almost normal life. A prominent Canadian politician, Lucien Bouchard, also lost a leg to flesh eating disease, but he continued on in politics for years afterward. I would not, could not decide to end my life because I was missing a few limbs. No way. Children are born missing more than one limb every single day. They live full, happy lives. I'm wondering why having them (limbs) then having them taken away somehow means that life isn't worth living.

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I couldn't say how I would feel until I was in the situation.

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"Minx_Kristi" wrote:

I couldn't say how I would feel until I was in the situation.

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In a lot of situations like this, if you wait until you are in the situation to decide, it is too late.

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I was listening to the radio the other day and a man from Australia who was born without limbs was speaking. He travels the world speaking, he has people hug instead of shaking hands because he can't. It really was inspriational.

He was amazing and I would definitely choose to live. Life is what you make of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sHyzatcBq8

PS he just recently got married and they are hoping to have children.

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"elleon17" wrote:

He was amazing and I would definitely choose to live. Life is what you make of it.

Yea me too. You can learn to adapt, there are homes today that can run completely off a computer, and it is amazing what they can do with prosthetics. This girl is only 24 years old and had her whole life ahead of her. It sounds like she is a very smart girl and is working on her masters degree, so seems to have a very solid base and supportive family to help her until she figures things out. My son amazes me all the time with how he figures out a way to do most anything he needs to.