President Nelson Mandela is my hero and I am just at saddened at his imminent death as the rest of our nation. However, what's happening to him now is cruel.
It's reported that he is in a "permanent vegetative state" on life support. What is the definition of life??
The reality is also that this "state" could continue for months and what does this achieve? Our country perceives him as being alive when in fact we're denying him the dignity to leave us and rest in peace.
What also really upsets me is this: Private Hospitals have a certain number of ventilators…let's say 10. Private patients can pay and occupy a ventilator and an ICU bed for and endless amount of time. Now what happens every time a young boy or girl (with their whole active life ahead of them) is involved in an accident and needs a ventilator or an ICU bed….if they're all occupied, they get turned away.
I know it's Mr Nelson Mandela and he deserves nothing short of the best but to what avail? Who do we appease by keeping him on a machine….and how many other young lives are we putting in jeopardy?