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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">A 77-year-old Italian man has been arrested after shooting dead his wife as she lay in hospital.<br><br>
Police in the Tuscan city of Prato said the man shot his 82-year-old wife, who had Alzheimer's disease, three times in full view of medical staff.<br><br>
The man told police he did it because he could not stand to see her suffer.</td>
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Very sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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With my Dad passing away just over a month ago of Alzheimers, I can completly understand his actions.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/candle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Candle">
 

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I'm not sure how to word this.... that is one of the most oddly sweet things I've ever heard of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'd want my DH to do the same to me if I'd been suffering for so long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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That is why we need right to die laws. It has been my experience is that many people that are that far gone have survived so many other procedures that if they would just have let them die some other time it wouldn't have been so bad. Plus they knew she was going to die the caretakers should be able to help decide if she can die with the most pain medication possible.<br><br>
He lived his wife. He was tired of seeing her in pain. Therefor the medical staff is guilty of medical neglect for ignoring her pain.<br><br>
My ex have strong feelings about this. His mom was on her death bed and the doctors refuse to give her more pain medicine because it would kill her....umm she was dieing anyway let her die without pain.
 

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thats sweet and very sad at the same time, i think i would rather he do something to her meds, or accidentally unplug something rather than shoot her, but i feel for them and why he did it, i completely understand. especially knowing he would go to jail for it, etc, kwim?
 

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Is there any indication, anywhere, that this is what <i>she</i> wanted? Or did he just decide for her?<br><br>
I am completely for the right to control one's own body, including the right to suicide (with or without chronic illness). I am not for any "right" to decide <i>for</i> someone else that she would be better off dead.
 

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Alzheimer's is a terrible way to die. I wouldn't wish it on anyone and I so wish we had right-to-die protection for everyone. I understand his wanting to help her. That said, shooting her bothers me. It's so violent. It's not a gentle death, either.
 
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