Respected politicians of California
I’m writing to you, whom this may concern, in the hope change.
Euthanasia is an issue most politicians wouldn’t touch with a long pole, and for good reason. Any argument on the subject usually concerns a series of complex, abstract questions about morality, freedom of choice and basic human rights. These ideas and arguments do have their place in the debate, but they are no excuse to distance yourselves from the problem at hand. Even though I could find better reasons for considering legalization of euthanasia, reasons that involve evidence, lived experience, and hard statistics, that’s not why I’m here. I’m here to tell you a story about an incident that drastically changed the life of a family in the outskirts of Santa Barbra.
On the 24th of September 2010 on a country road in southern California, a truck and a passenger car collided. Because of an exploded tire, the life of Vincent Humbert had taken a dramatic change. His car was smashed completely under the truck, and when he after a 9 months long coma woke up, it was with only a 5th partly functional brain. He could hear, think and see clear as day but without any movability.
His mother was with him efor very hour of every day, and did everything to cheer him up. But Vincent had lost the spirit of living, together with the ability to walk and talk. One day his mother, Marie, discovered his thumb moving slightly, and by time he learned to communicate by a calculating system that could place the letters into sentences. He had exposed a tiny crack to the outside world.
But there was no hope. The damages were incurable and the pain was unbearable, both psychically and mentally. He was trapped in a dead body and kept asking for the right to die. For two years he was cornered up in a living hell before his mother made a choice and promised to help him to a better destiny. The only problem: The wish of death was illegal. He published a book and later wrote a...