Like most patients, mine wanted to live as long as possible. So when I brought up the option of a small implantable defibrillator for his failing heart, he immediately said yes. The device would be inserted in his chest to monitor his heartbeat and apply an electrical shock if the rhythm turned into something dangerous. It was like the paddles in the emergency room, I told him, but it would always be inside him.
"How Do You Want to Die?" is from the July 28, 2018 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Sandeep Jauhar and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.