Should We Stop the Machine ?(应该停止呼吸机吗?)
Suppose a man has a car accident. He is hurt badly and is unconscious;that is, he can't think, speak, or hear. His family takes him to the hospital. The doctors tell the family that his brain is dead.A machine can make him breathe.
Now the patient's family must answer some difficult questions. Should they think he is dead? Should they ask the doctors to use the machine to make him breathe? Sometimes machines can make an unconscious person breathe for years.However,if his brain is dead, he will never think, speak, or hear again. Then, should his family ask the doctors not to use the machine and let him die?
Someone who is unconscious can't say he wants to die.Can his family say this for him? Some people think this is a good idea. Some think otherwise.
Many people are hurt when machines keep a person alive. The unconscious person doesn't know this. Machines only make the family and friends hurt longer.
假设某人遭遇了一场车祸，严重受伤、不省人事。也就是说．他不能想、不能说、不能听。 家人把他送去医院。 医生告诉他的家人，这个人已经脑死亡，只能依靠机器的辅助才能呼吸。