Recently, the “siphon-drawing husband” affair has aroused great concern among the public. All kinds of mass media are sparing no effort to report it, and meantime whether the “husband” should be punished by law has caused extensive controversy/
Wen Yuzhang is a 36-year-old worker in Gangxia Limited Cooperation in Shenzhen City. He has been living with his wife, Hu Jing harmoniously for ages. However, unfortunately, on February 9th, 2009, Hu fainted away all of a sudden at home and was sent to hospital shortly, and was later transferred to ICU. During the treatment, Hu was in unconsciousness and only had weak breath, heartbeat and blood pressure. She had to rely on breathing machine to sustain her life. On February 16th, 2009, Wen drew away all the siphons from Hu and laid on her body to prevent doctors from saving her, which led to death at last. Prosecutors thought Wen had ignore the law and killed his wife deliberately, so he should be accused.
After learning the whole story, most people reproved the conscienceless man and meantime felt comforted for his deserved penalty. But there is more story lying ahead. Some people, after listening to Wen’s reason, show mercy to him. Some law workers even cast doubt on whether Wen should be identified as murderer. Let’s go on keeping track of the case.
Hearing that he would be punished by law, Wen burst out crying, alleging that he did not kill his wife with vice. He said, “On that day, I stayed with her by bed usual, chatting with and calling her, telling her that our children were eagerly waiting for her. I was in high spirits then and was told the doctor would impose a set of operations on her, which might lead to her lung infections and even lung exhaustion. Then I thought of my father who also underwent such operations. He died miserably at last. I do not want her to suffer the pain my father had suffered, and I want her to leave the world with great self-esteem!”
Hearing the so-called explanation, I cannot help laughing bitterly. I can never imagine a man exclaiming loudly his great love to his wife should kill her brutally. A fresh life, a lover for so many years, was simply a burden in Wen’s eyes since she fell ill. Then Wen removed this burden with his cruel hands. Wen asserted that he would like her to leave with great self-esteem. But I do want to ask him what is self-esteem? To live, to age, to get sick and to die is the permanent law in our world. Isn’t it absurd to say that getting sick to death is losing self-esteem and being killed by him is a true self-esteem? His explanation seems reasonable, but after second thought, we may find it ridiculous! Every audience may also realize that it is merely seven days from the time Hu got sick and the time she was killed. Regardless of the doctor’s judgment about whether Hu could recover or not, Wen, as a husband, should not be desperate so soon, not to mention killing her! It renders us think of an everlasting saying: Couples are indeed two birds roosting in the same forest and will depart in different directions once disaster befalls. As with the later report that Wen may have another lover and killed his wife to get married again, I believe our audience all have sharp eyes to distinguish the right from wrong.
Wen’s behaviors and explanation may sound ridiculous, and he is going to receive his deserved penalty, but there is a more ridiculous matter waiting ahead. Some lawyers deem that Hu’s brain had been severely damaged and lost all the functions which were irrecoverable, so her heartbeat would be stop sooner or later. Once she was left without breathing machine, she would die. It is conforming to the brain-death standard. Therefore, if we adopt the brain-death standard, then Wen is free from criminal. What he did was abusing the dead body. But some law experts say that now we still have not adopted that standard. Rather, we still stick to heartbeat standard to judge death presently, so Wen should be punished. After reading all the comments from various experts, I cannot help feeling great concern for some defects in our legislative system. Of course I am not majoring in law, nor do I have a dig into law, but if the standard to judge death is altered, a murderer can turn into an innocent person, then it is really striking. From my perspective, whether Hu’s brain damage can be healed or not does not matter. What matters most is that as long as she still breathes, her families and our society should do our utmost to save her until she walks to the end of life. Some people may argue that sine Hu is incurable, why should we still waste our precious resources to treat her? In my viewpoint, it does not matter whether she can still be totally cured or not or whether our resources have been wasted or not. The most significant thing is that it is correlated to our morality. The development of human beings needs love to sustain, and the evolvement of our society needs love to fuel. Without love, we become nothing special than pure animals. Whether the person we save can survive or not is determined by our will. What we can master is our attitude and our action. As long as we try our best to rescue, though she may leave at last, we feel no guilt. But if we are apathetic to save, even though the victim survives finally, we will feel guilty for the rest of our lives. Thanks to sense of love and guilt, we become a real man. But if the formulation of law eventually renders us lose our most cherished values, I think the law has gone to its end. Hence, to my mind, whatever standards for death we adopt at last, Wen is bound to be penalized!
It was once reported that a man stayed by his wife who had become vegetable person due to work injury for more than ten years, taking good care of her all the way. Moreover, he still has to go to work and bring up his son. But he still stays with his wife and attends to her every day, though she has no consciousness at all. The story earns tons of our tears. Maybe he cannot provide for his family wealth and material abundance, but his love to his wife and his family allows him to stand proudly and guiltlessly in front of his son and the public. But when the same case happened to Wen Zhangyu, he was looked down upon by all. Even if he could be free from punishment, how can he face his children in the future?