Dave Adox who died in May this year after succumbing to a long battle with ALS had stated his wish that his organs be donated right before his death. He was completely paralyzed as he wasn’t able to move any part of his body except his eyes. Well, unfortunately, Adox started to have issues with his eyes which have suddenly become his only means of communication, and at that point, he feels it was time to die.
Just as we mentioned at the outset, the man wanted to donate his organs in a bid to help people live longer lives, and that automatically implies that he should be in a hospital when he breaths his last. According to him, “I was always interested in organ donation and had checked the box on my license. When I got diagnosed with ALS at 42, and the disease paralyzed my entire body in six months, I definitely developed a greater appreciation for the value of the working human body.” He said this laboriously by spelling out each letter as he focused on a tablet.
To put his plans in top gear, he and his husband Danni Michaeli went to the University Hospital in Newark where Adox had always been treated and were his ventilator will be disconnected. But then, all his plans changed when the University Hospital’s attorneys started raising questions.
The lawyers were said to have emailed them and stated that this looked much like an assisted suicide, but many do not see it as such as many physicians have withdrawn life support on behalf of patients who chose to refuse care. But then, the lawyers argued that patients who were assisted to end their lives were already in the hospital, not for the sole purpose of ending their life, but for receiving treatment, and I guess that’s where they drew the line for Adox.
I feel it was not right, as the patient in question already gave an advance directive that he doesn’t want any medical treatment that will keep him alive if he had an incurable and irreversible disease. Considering that the patient wants to donate his organs to help other people live longer, I feel the lawyers took things a bit too far.
Well, after approaching many hospitals, LiveOnNY, an organ procurement organization stepped in to help, and on May 18 he took his final walk with family and friends while he and his partner prepared to say goodbyes. Well, in the end, his wishes were met.