The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s Fatwa about incurable illnesses

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about incurable illnesses.

Question: In cases of incurable illnesses such as progressive cancer, or illnesses where patient’s death is certain, if the doctor is facing two alternatives where one is to continue the treatment in a way that increases patient’s life a bit longer, but the patient suffers a lot; and the second method is that patient lives shorter but suffers less; in such conditions if the patient chooses the second method, is the doctor allowed to authorize it?

The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz: The patient cannot choose the second method. It is doctor’s duty to try to keep alive the patient as long as possible.


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