“I support a decent death.”  Alain Delon asserted that because he lives in Switzerland, where it is legal, euthanasia seems logical and natural. One has the right to pass away without the aid of hospitals, injections, etc. The performer implied a conclusion without saying it.

He told his son Anthony that he wished to die in 2019 after suffering from two strokes. He instructed him to plan his euthanization.

The argument emerged right away despite the fact that he resided in Switzerland, where this treatment is permitted.

Is it possible to legally end one’s life? What happens when those who opt to end their lives don’t have a terminal illness or a chronic medical condition? Is it ethical for a sick person to take medication and pass away?  Can a doctor who vowed to save lives provide drugs that kill?

In Greek, “Eu” denotes “good,” whereas “Thanatos” denotes “death.” The phrase, which translates to “happy death,” describes the deliberate act of ending one’s life in order to save oneself pain.

Holland, the pioneer, Belgium (2002), Luxembourg (2009), Colombia (2014), Canada (2016), Spain (June 2021), and New Zealand (November 2021) are among the countries that have legalized this technique.

Contrary to euthanasia, in which a terminally ill patient is aborted by medical professionals, assisted suicide—which Delon decided to seek carried out by the individual after satisfying the requirements set down by Swiss law.

Should doctors provide care for a dying patient?

Rosa Angelina Pace, a surgeon and bioethics graduate student from Madrid, stated that there exist diseases and people who endure extreme physical and mental agony. “A legal foundation is required for abuse.” Without euthanasia laws, abuse happens. Teams of medical professionals adhere to a set of rules in recognized nations. Patients are protected by the law from strict guidelines.

Euthanasia is a patient’s right, particularly in light of the growing medicalization of the end of life, but society should be ready, according to Florencia Luna, a researcher at Conicet and the coordinator of the master’s program in bioethics from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

This, according to the scholar and co-author of Bioethics: New Reflections on Classical Debates, will stop people from deciding to end their lives because they did not have access to pain management.

Delon seemed to have thought of every detail and taken every precaution for the process. He claimed to have a will during the same interview.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years,” he remarked as he bid farewell. I hope that as a role model for the industry and for everyday life, amid successes and failures, future actors will look to me.  Following his son Anthony’s announcement of his father’s intention to commit assisted suicide, the actor sent a message on Instagram.

The law in Switzerland requires several patient statements. The patient consumes 15 grams of sodium pentobarbital in juice or water after saying goodbye to family.

According to the Swiss non-profit Dignitas, patients who prefer not to consume pentobarbital orally can implant an IV and administer the medication themselves.

Legally, the patient must be able to eat through a stomach tube, chew, or independently operate the intravenous line valve. They claim that Dignitas cannot assist.

An agent called a barbiturate, it calms the neurological system. The medicine induces a profound coma two to five minutes later, and within an hour, death. According to the Dignitas website, “This technique is pleasant and risk-free.”

The poison, which has been used to execute Americans on death row for more than a century, was identified.

For many years, this drug was utilized as a sedative and hypnotic before its considerable overdose and fatality risk was eliminated.

It can only be used in nations that permit assisted suicide or euthanasia.

The same right and “advance medical directives,” whereby “completely capable persons may anticipate instructions and mandate their health and in anticipation of their own incapacity,” are mentioned in Articles 59 and 60 of the revised Civil and Commercial Code.

Additionally, it may “designate the individual or individuals to provide medical consent and treatment.””The amendment to the previous law on patient rights that includes the possibility of withdrawing hydration and/or nutrition treatment is no less because it means aggiorning to what the world has already said about hydration and nutrition as a medical treatment,” says Carlos “Pecas” Soriano, a medical specialist in emergentology and Master in Bioethics (MP 11584/3)

When someone is fed with a nasogastric tube or a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy while in a vegetative state, artificial mechanisms are regarded as medical treatments, and the patient has the right to refuse or discontinue them.

A person can write a will or decline medical or biological therapy if they are lucid, according to Soriano, who assisted Gabriela Estévez, the representative for the province of Cordoba, in the writing of one of the three euthanasia laws that are currently being considered by Congress. An individual receiving such treatment may stop it.

In accordance with Article 59 of the Civil Code, “the subject of the anticipated or written will is changed, and includes the name of the ‘relative’ so that, in the case of persons without a family, he may decide to stop unnecessary treatment that will not improve the patient’s condition but would prolong the suffering.”

This is referred to as “therapeutic futility” by bioethicists, and according to the norm, “the person’s legal representative, support, spouse, partner, relative, or relative accompanying the patient may grant consent if the person is absolutely unable to express his will at the time of medical care and has not expressed it in advance, provided there is an emergency situation with a certain and imminent risk to his life or health.” The doctor may forgo consent in the absence of any of them in order to protect patients from serious damage.

According to the most recent medical report, Delon is gradually regaining his mobility and feeling better.

Ageing “sucks,” he said three years ago, and nothing could be done. “He has already bid me farewell, even though the day for assisted suicide has not yet been decided.”