Saturday, June 4, 2011

Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian Dies; Death With Dignity Proponent Remembered

Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian, otherwise known as "Doctor Death" fell victim Friday to a blood clot that released from his leg and lodged in his heart, assumed to be complications of kidney problems for which he was admitted to a hospital for in May of this year. He was 83 years of age.

Kevorkian is most known for serving eight years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence for second-degree murder starting in 1999. This resulted from a videotape he had made on September 17, 1998 which depicted the voluntary euthanasia of Thomas Youk, with the doctor's assistance by administering lethal injection.

Though his methods were controversial, the attention he prompted to the issue of "end of life" choices and "right to die" will only benefit patients as government agencies and lawmakers were forced to address the issues.

Andrew Lopez, RN @nursefriendly


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