The decision as to who decides an individual’s right to die or live is debated throughout the world and remains among a contentious issue. The Supreme Court of Korea told doctors treating a comatose woman life support must be withdrawn due to family requests. The 76 year-old patient has been in a persistent vegetative state since suffering brain damage last year. Family asked doctors to remove life support since their mother opposed keeping people alive when they were in such a state of existence. Korean law forbids withdrawal of life support, but it is acknowledged that doctors have made such decisions.
This is the first case in Korean history in which the right to die has been upheld. This issue will continued to be debated since there is no “right answer” to the question of life and death.