[quote=“ironlady”] The elder Peng is 74 now. A little over a year ago, he slipped into a coma, and today he cannot speak or move. To concentrate on his stepfather’s care, Peng Kang-liang quit his job and relies on a government subsidy of NT$8000 a month to make ends meet. However, he is always short of cash, since just the medical expenses for the elder Peng total about NT$15,000 a month.
Peng says that his stepfather must be turned in bed every two hours and have his nose cleaned out; every four hours, he must be fed milk, and someone must be with him 24 hours a day. Peng says tht his mother died about eight years ago, and his twenty-something younger brother lost his life in a car accident. When dying, his mother called on him to be a filial son, and Peng honors this promise to her today, taking painstaking care of his stepfather. [/quote]
With all due respect and in perfect sincerity I will tell you that this situation is absolute madness. What is needed there is grief counselling, love, and a nice fat morphine drip. The man is 74 and has been in a coma for a year for god’s sake, do they expect he is ever going to experience (let alone enjoy) life again? People are born, live for awhile and then they die. That is just the way it works.