Many would look at him, and write him off. My family did wonder if it was "his time". But we respected HIS wishes. He did not want to die.
After his massive infection, and loss of 1/4 of his body weight, Jim stopped eating. What he did choke down, he threw-up. Our marvelous "Obama Care" system only took about a month to run the tests to discover the physical cause for his inability to eat (an infected gland). The gland issue is now being addressed, and Jim is taking strong anti-nausea meds. He cracks jokes in a weak voice, and will soon be performing his physical rehab. He just needs to be able to reliably and safely get in and out of bed without falling.
I get it. In a world with over seven billion souls, it's easy to do the moral calculus and write-off an octogenarian. But in my book, he has more right to be here than many folks half his age. IF you want to go with that whole "value of a life" thing.
I value his life. HE values his life. Because it is a life worth living. Not WAS. IS.
And, to be honest, it was really only like 2/5 of a burger. But it's a start.
NOT and ending.