Stroke patients of course need time, patience, and therapy. They are not terminally ill. My mother was recently euthanized by my Dad who was proxy on her Living Will. He did not uphold her Living Will wishes nor her directives of what to do with her body. She was conscious but unable to speak clearly in the few days following her stroke. She was giggling at our jokes and lifting her limbs independently upon command–like a good dog, but Dad thought it was time for her go to end of life care, against both doctor’s advise. She did not “qualify” for end of life care. She breathed on her, good heart rate…and was simply not doomed and ready to die. The only way for her to die was to immediately sedate and morphined (although she was not in pain, this is used to shut down organs and hasten death) as well as they completely starve and dehydrate her (she had a temp tube which she processed 100% and could have eat least been attempted special food for stroke victims by mouth). The morhpine nurse gave mom something lethal on 10/1/12 which caused her to groan and grimace even more until her death within hours. This is the use of narcotics with intention to cause death. This is euthanasia and was involuntary on my mother’s part…but Dad had the legal right to get rid of the wife he had said few weeks prior “I am ready to blow my brains out, I can’t stand her” and complained he was sorry he married her, that she ruined his life, she stank, he didn’t have sex in two years, etc. His brother had assisted and provoked suicide of his wife by loading a gun and giving it to her after doubling her intake of pozak. He got by with this, too. Living Wills mean nothing.