Told by the doctors that her husband, Matt Davis, only has a 90% chance of survival and would be better off if his life support plug was removed, Danielle Josey Davis refused to give up on him.
They had just gotten married 7 months before the accident. Danielle felt like it was not time for them to give up on their love. For sure, the breathing body on that bed is still the Matt she fell in love with. Somehow, she thinks it was not yet his time to go.
Danielle fought hard for her husband, even to the point of asking the hospital to release Matt so he could go to rehab and, eventually, home. It was no easy task for the 24-year-old who had to care for her 23-year-old husband alone as his mother was too ill and his dad had passed away 2 years before the accident.
She also ensured her husband had the “best view in the world”, saying “If he’s going to be a body in a bed, let’s give him something to look at.” Her hard work and perseverance paid off. Matt woke up! He began to follow them with his eyes and communicated with them.
His first words after the accident? “I kid you not. Buffalo chicken wrap from Cheddar’s [his favorite food],” when asked what he wanted to eat.
The accident and the subsequent coma had damaged his long-term memory. Thus, he could not remember Danielle and their wedding! It comes as no surprise because they only knew each other for 2 months when they got married; then, he met the accident 7 months later. Still, Matt was glad he married her for the story would have been different otherwise.
Today, he can walk by himself, drive a stick shift, play scrabble, and make a joke but he still could not recall his wife and their wedding. Still, Danielle does not mind.
The practice of euthanasia or mercy killing is legal in some parts of the world. It is a subject of many grand debates, especially because it involves intentional killing of a person to supposedly ease pain and suffering.
However, euthanasia is classified into three: involuntary [conducted against patient’s will] which is often considered as murder, non-voluntary [conducted without patient’s consent] which is illegal in all countries, and voluntary which is legal in the US, Canada, and some countries.
The debate lies on several points, including how exactly do we know if the person’s consciousness is still in the body and whether there really was no chance of the person surviving.