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Suicide by surgery?

Posted by Reggie BoStar on September 11, 2011, at 17:06:16

Sorry if the subject matter upsets anyone. If the topic is difficult for you, please don't read the rest of this message.

I was wondering if anyone heard of anything like "suicide by surgery".

I don't mean someone with a terminal illness who does not expect to survive the surgery but wants it anyway.

I mean someone who is not seriously ill and voluntarily gets elective surgery of low-medium risk. Before the surgery, he engages in behavior that he knows will increase the risk considerably.

Why do this? "He" has various reasons, including not having the means to do some things, and being too cowardly to do the other things. It would be suicide by anesthesia, in a very controlled setting.

There are a few posts on this topic here and there on the internet at large. Most of those don't deal with deliberate efforts to make low-risk surgery fail, by a person who's moderately healthy to begin with.

Anyone heard of this type of self-destruction?

Reggie BoStar




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