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Right To Die #468952

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 04, 1973
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(Studio) American Hospital Association recently proposed patients' bill of rights. Says patient has right to know his state of health and right to refuse treatment.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(NYC) New treatments can keep patients alive even though is no hope for recovery. [Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Robert FRATER - says question is whether patient has right to say how he will die. Feels should be patient's choice.] David Cass is 80 years old and had had series of strokes. Medical treatment kept him alive 10 days before he died. [Daughter Anita SCHICKLER - says knew father wouldn't recover. Says told her children if she was ever in condition her father was in, she would want to die rather than just lie in hospital senseless. Says such a thing unfair to rest of family.] Moral argument remains. Life is sacred. Besides, no matter how hopeless patient's situation appears to be, cure possible. [Dr. Edward BEATTLE - recalls case of 16 year old girl with malignant bone tumor which developed into lung tumor. After multiple operations patient saved.] [Patient Barbara WALZ - says was no hope for her but she did recover.]
REPORTER: Garrick Utley (narrates)

(Studio) As medicine allows more people to live longer, question of right to die becomes more important
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

Reporter(s):
Utley, Garrick
Duration:
00:06:20

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