Dr. Jack Kevorkian told Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an interview that will air Thursday night on Larry King Live, that he has no regrets about his work in helping patients end their lives.
“I have no regrets, none whatsoever,”Â Dr. KevorkianÂ said.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta told CNN the following regarding his interview with Dr. Kevorkian.
“There haven’t been many times when I have been at a loss for words when conducting an interview as a medical reporter. This was one of those moments.
We were in Ann Arbor because we both attended the University of Michigan Medical School. I graduated in 1993 and the 82-year-old Kevorkian in 1952.
I didn’t know what to expect when I was planning this interview. I had read everything I could find about him, including two books he had written while in prison.”
As the interview proceeded, Dr. Gupta asked Dr. Kevorkian, “Is medicine a noble profession?”
Dr. Kevorkian replied, “What do you think? No, it is not.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta further reported to CNN the following details of the interview.
‘Not surprisingly, he strongly advocates assisted suicide, or euthanasia, or what he calls “patholysis.” Terms matter to Kevorkian, and this is the term he prefers when describing the “medical procedure” he performed on at least 130 people, by his own count.
“Path means disease or suffering,” he said to me.
“And lysis, means destruction,” I said.
“Exactly,” he answered. Patholysis, he repeated. The destruction of suffering.’
Toward the end of the interview, Dr. Gupta found out that despite Dr. Kevorkians claim, “I have no regrets,” that he did, in fact have a very few.
He wishes he’d treated his parents better, and his sister, he said quietly. He also is deeply resentful that the Supreme Court never heard his case, which he felt was a constitutional one.
Watch Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s interview with Dr. Jack Kevorkian on Larry King Live on CNN Thursday evening.
What do you think about Jack Kevorkian? Do you think he was right in assisting with the many suicides he attended?
Watch a video clip of an interview Jack Kevorkian gave 9 months ago with John Roberts, where he also proclaimed, “I have no regrets.”