Vince Carter said:
mostly doctors have a lot of patients, and they see a lot of them die
Also this thread as being incredibly vague so far. I mean so far all I've read is people looking at the basic principle of whether you or a family member should have the say in if the plug is pulled.
Alot of it varies on the situtation, how the patient is dying. Is it a slow painful death like cancer or a disease of some sort? Is it a shrapnel wound to the head? I mean if they are dying of something of cancer which is incurable at present time and the person is suffering. They should beable to make the call if they want the plug pulled. If its a shrapnel wound to the head, and the doctor believe's the person has a chance to make it however they will be in a vegatative state for the most part, then the burden lies on the patient or the family (depending on the current state of the patient). The doctor should only beable to intervene in such a situation when the patient is in a situation where the odds are in his/her behavior of recovery to a near 100%.
Another thing we need to take in account is the age of the patient. If the person is a 93 year old, it should totally be up to that patient whether they want to end it even if they can make a recovery they might not want to because of all the work invovled and odds are they will die in the next 5 years or so anyway. So maybe they perfer to just end it now while they've had a good life and not have to go through the suffering of rehablitiation and such. Of course I'm refering to a mortal wound of some sort in this situation.
If the patient is an infant, the decision lies on the parents. If they child is having breathing problems and might make it or might not, they should have a choice whether they won't to continue or not. I mean the child could end up surviving but have major issues as child or adult. Perhaps the parents rather not go through that pain or force their child to go through it.
The choice whether someone lives or dies should first and always first rest on the hands of the person who's life it is. If that person is unable to function or communicate in any form, it should then be given to their spouse and children (unless otherwise specified of course), then to family, and then to the doctor.