Face heart-wrenching decision through “Extremis” Short Documentary on Netflix


Witness the tragic scenarios and tough decision which patient’s family have to take so that their loved one can pass away naturally. This short-documentary Extremis is all about end-of life care which is available for streaming on Netflix.


At times we might have witnessed that patient is about to reach the end of his life and then no medical care is helpful and instead recovery, it leads to massive deterioration of the patient and then comes a time when all this has to stop and you have to leave your loved in the hands of god and have to let them pass away naturally. I know this is the first thing one could dream of and it is tragic for a patient, his family and doctors too who are taking care of their fellow patients.

A new Netflix short documentary called Extremis is all about this heart disturbing decisions. Extremis which the Latin word for “at the point of death”. It involves doctors, patients and their loved ones tackling various scenarios that exist in the ICU at Oakland’s Highland Hospital and you catch this documentary and various other documentaries after Netflix activate.

In the documentary Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, the Oakland palliative care physician said that it’s important to figure out if medication will change the course for a patient.

She further says to a group of medical staff says in the trailer “Here’s the reality, we are all gonna die,” “Everyone standing in this room is gonna die one day and it’s good to have a little bit of a say in how.”


Every day, patients are permanently hooked up to machines, she says in the film. Further, she tells a patient loved one in the film that we are going to cause more suffering for the patient rather than any benefit. So, the other approach is let her pass naturally.

The Growing movement is happening in the medical field to recognize how important is to help patients face the end of their life.

Atul Gawande’s, Boston surgeon recent book and movie called Being Mortal, revealed that how hard it is for doctors to discuss the death with their patients.

These issues related to end-life has been the part of a public discussion as states like California made euthanasia legal and this  allows  terminally ill patients to take medicines to end their lives.


This Netflix documentary shows all the scenarios people undergoes when they face such situations in life and how difficult it becomes for their families to make a decision.Patient’s loved one often feel guilty of giving their consent to end any medical treatment.One young woman, when faced with this choice, said that she would feel like a murderer to pull her life support.

This 24-min short documentary directed by Dan Krauss won the Best Documentary Short award this year at Tribeca film festival. Now it is your time to watch this at your Netflix TV after you login to Netflix by navigating to Www Netflix Com for Netflix activate login, On Sept 13th Netflix added “Extremis,” a short but powerful documentary to its streaming collection.


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