Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Meet Angelique. She only wanted to die with dignity.

Angelique Flowers had the debilitating Crohn's disease since she was 15. When her 31st birthday came, she was told that she only had months to live. She wanted her life to end peacefully on her own terms using euthanasia but was not allowed because it was banned in Australia. She died vomiting the content of her bowels.

I have personally suffered with Crohn's disease for over 15 years now. This is extremely sad and brought tears to my eyes. God Bless Her.

Read her story and watch the video.

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John said...

Six hundred and seventy one patients (52.5% women) with Crohn's disease seen at Leiden University Hospital between 1934 and 1984 were identified. Follow up was 98.2% complete. Sixty four (9.7%) of the 659 patients died. The cause of death was related to Crohn's disease in 34 patients, probably related to the disease in four, and unrelated, from incidental causes, in 25.


John said...

BACKGROUND & AIMS: A population-based cohort comprising 374 patients with Crohn's disease diagnosed in Copenhagen County between 1962 and 1987 was observed until 1997 for mortality and causes of death. METHODS: Observed deaths were compared with expected deaths calculated by using individually computed person-years at risk and 1995 rates for Copenhagen County. Cumulative survival curves were calculated. RESULTS: A total of 84 deaths occurred vs. 67 expected (standardized mortality ratio [SMR], 1.3; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.01-1.56): 45 women vs. 31.8 expected (SMR, 1.4; 95% CI, 1.03-1.89) and 39 men vs. 35.2 expected (SMR, 1.1; 95% CI, 0.79-1.51). An excess mortality was observed among women observed for 21-25 years after diagnosis. Among women aged <50 years at diagnosis, 25 deaths were observed vs. 7.3 expected (SMR, 3.42; 95% CI, 2.21-5.04). Fourteen (31%) of the observed deaths among women and 8 (21%) among men had a certain or possible connection to Crohn's disease. Among causes of death unrelated to Crohn's disease, an overrepresentation of gastrointestinal diseases, infections, and diseases of the urinary organs was observed. CONCLUSIONS: An increased mortality was observed late in the disease course that was most pronounced among women younger than 50 years at diagnosis and was attributed to death associated with severe Crohn's disease.


John said...

After accounting for age, gender and smoking habits, the researchers found that, overall, patients with Crohn's disease were 40% more likely to die over the study period than those without inflammatory bowel disease.