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    We had Alida's extended family over the weekend, and since there are several elderly among them we talked about end of life issues, wills, estates, etc.

    She has a nephew in NY that has been transferred to Hospice homecare there. I mentioned nothing like Hospice existed here and said I heard there was "The Shot" given to terminally ill to end their suffering.

    Nobody had heard of this, and these are an educated, multi-generational family from Santiago and the campo around Janico, Juncalito and San Jose de las Matas. In fact, some were appaled at the concept. They looked at me like I were Dr. Kervorkian.

    Can someone knowledgeable discuss "The Shot?" What is it called? Where is it used? How is it obtained? What is the chemical makeup?

    Are there some links where it is discussed?

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    We have had relatives in Hospice also and though still difficult, they were/are wonderful.

    I don't know if this will help but I'll post anyway. We had to put down 2 of our horses last year and our Vet. in S.D. sent us some really strong and fast acting liquid in a vile for us to inject. Both horses went down fast and passed quickly, under 10 minutes and didn't appear to have too much stress/pain but that we will never know for sure. I guess we disposed of the vile so can not tell you anymore.

    Not easy to plan but ... I think that having the knowledge is needed. Let us know what you find out.

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    Robert, I remember Lindsay discussing this in her Saucepans book.

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    Never heard of " the shot ".
    What I have heard of, in my campo, is a person/family member/ relative/etc..... that will " facilitate" the passage from one state to another, if u gather my meaning.
    Probably just hersay, mind you.
    But I have noticed that when people are sent back home from hospital, to die that is, well they do seem to die relatively quickly.......... living conditions ? End of professional medication/treatement ( as it was in hospital ) ? Or something else,?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drtampa View Post
    Robert, I remember Lindsay discussing this in her Saucepans book.
    I was going to reply earlier saying that I believe both Matilda and ww have threads in the forums which touch on the Dominican "shot". As I recall it is not difficult to obtain if you know the right people.

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    Mmh. Having this done as a foreigner? Not sure. Autopsy for foreigners passing away here as a rule? The person who does you the favor would be in big trouble or?

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    Yes I discuss it in Life After My Saucepans. Common among the poor who cannot afford the meds for someone who is terminally ill and often requested by relatives who fly in from Nuevo Yol when parents have had a stroke and can't afford much time off. The middle and upper classes don't use it as they have the cash to pay for meds, ICU, hospital care, pain relief. Easy to get, doesn't cost much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Yes I discuss it in Life After My Saucepans. Common among the poor who cannot afford the meds for someone who is terminally ill and often requested by relatives who fly in from Nuevo Yol when parents have had a stroke and can't afford much time off. The middle and upper classes don't use it as they have the cash to pay for meds, ICU, hospital care, pain relief. Easy to get, doesn't cost much.

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    My surprise is that folks from the campo had never heard of it, and were frankly appaled.

    Is it a regional thing?

    I do believe it exists and was surprised they were surprised.

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    Not all Dominicans know of it - especially the strong Catholics who wait for God to do his will. I have seen it with my own eyes in Esperanza, and two cases in my campo here. In all case the family came in from New York and did not want to hang around for weeks. Also used in the poor barrios in Santo Domingo like Los Alcarrizos.From what I understand comes in three parts, one to relax, one to go to sleep and one to stop the heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Not all Dominicans know of it - especially the strong Catholics who wait for God to do his will. I have seen it with my own eyes in Esperanza, and two cases in my campo here. In all case the family came in from New York and did not want to hang around for weeks. Also used in the poor barrios in Santo Domingo like Los Alcarrizos.From what I understand comes in three parts, one to relax, one to go to sleep and one to stop the heart.

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    That's the same protocol that execution by lethal injection uses.

    So it's more prevalent among the lower and non-religious classes. I'm surprised they have not heard of it even if they disapprove.

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