The tragic story of Daniel James, the intelligent young rugby player left a tetraplegic by a rugby accident tells us just how much a parent can love a child, but brings in to question why it is that we seem to care more about the suffering of "dumb animals" than we do intelligent human beings.
Daniel James was, it appears, bright, articulate, and a real love of life and had lots to look forward to. his life was centred around eventually having an engineering job after first making the most of his rugby career. So his paralysis clearly destroyed all his hopes, dreams and ambitions, and he no longer felt he could go on living what his mother called a second class life.
One does have to wonder why it is though that some busy body felt the need to report Daniel's parents to the police and what this interfering person thought could possibly achieved by bringing so much more publicity on to this tragic case.
Again, as Daniel's brave mother said
"Whilst we were away some 'well meaning' person involved with social services took it upon herself to call the police.
"This person had never met Dan before or after his accident and obviously gave no consideration for our younger daughters who had seen their big brother suffer so much, and the day before had to say goodbye to him.
"I hope that one day I will get the chance to speak to this lady and ask if she had a son, daughter, father, mother, who could not walk, had no hand function, was incontinent, and relied upon 24-hour care for every basic need and they had asked her for support, what would she have done?! "
I think Daniel's mother did well to speak about this person in so polite a way given the terrible ordeal Daniel's family had to go through. But again it highlights that we seem to think humans, who have the ability to comprehend the terrors they face whilst living such a debilitating life as Daniel faced, should have to endure but ignore the fact that we can also reason with ourselves that perhaps, in certain circumstances, life is more painful than death, indeed, living can, for some be a fate worse than death.
One would hope that the person who reported Daniel's family, probably some religious nutter, seeks forgiveness for what they have put his family though and ponders deeply on what Daniel's mother said.
P.S. It probably goes with out saying, but whilst the police were wasting time interviewing Daniel's family because of some busy body sticking their nose in, some victim of crime was proabably waiting for a police car that didn't turn up. Scarce resources for the polcie are not helped by people wating the police force's time in this way.