Christy O’Donnell is going to die and is fighting for her right to do so.
According to NewsMax, the single mother was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer last year, and that cancer has since spread to her brain despite treatment. While her doctors are willing to try an aggressive chemotherapy cocktail, O’Donnell fears what will happen if the chemo doesn’t work. Doctors say that she will only live for a few months, and that she will be in a lot of pain. For this reason, O’Donnell is hoping for a better option; A way to die in peace, with dignity.
“The most likely way that I’m going to die with the lung cancer is that my left lung will fill with fluid, I’ll start drowning in my own fluid. I spend an inordinate amount of time being afraid of the pain that I’m going to endure. All of that time that my mind spends thinking about that, I am not living.”
Christy O’Donnell doesn’t want to die, but says that she isn’t afraid to die. The California resident has filed a lawsuit against the state and is hoping that her wishes will be granted. She first filed legal paperwork in May, and a judge has now expedited the case.
According to Yahoo! News, Christy O’Donnell not only wants to be able to die peacefully for herself, but also for her daughter’s sake as well. Bailey, 21, is very close to her mom, and seeing her in a lot of pain is something that she’s going to have with her forever — and this is something that O’Donnell doesn’t want.
“My biggest fear about my last moments on earth are that … I’m going to be in so much physical pain that it’s going to make my passing traumatic for me and traumatic for my daughter. And that the whole rest of her life, her last moments of looking at me, touching me, and hearing my voice are going to be a horrible, terrible memory that she’s going to have to carry, rather than it being a loving memory of me.”
If Christy O’Donnell is granted the right to die, she will not be the first. Back in November, terminally ill Brittany Maynard chose to die by taking medication prescribed by a doctor. Since only certain states allow this type of assisted suicide (Oregon, Vermont, Montana, and Washington), Maynard was forced to move from California to Oregon.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the state of California has failed to pass euthanasia laws in the past. Do you think Christy O’Donnell should have the right to die? Do you think this should be a right given to all people who are terminally ill?
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