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I am searching for a replacement for “death-sick” (or is it “dead-sick”) from the sentence:

“A stigmatized physician falls into an organ donor scheme through which for every human organ he delivers his death-sick daughter gets an extra month of life.”

His daughter suffers from a rare brain disease, for which there is no treatment. I found “brainsick,” which means nuts. “Nauseous, invalid, sickish, anemic” are all too soft for this case.

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    You might be looking for "fatally ill" or "terminally ill". – diracdeltafunk Jul 3 '17 at 7:04
  • lol, I only had to read as far as 'physician falls' to know who this question was from! – Spagirl Jul 3 '17 at 8:06
  • @diracdeltafunk I didn't spot your comment when I wrote my answer. I'll happily delete if you want to post an answer. – Spagirl Jul 3 '17 at 8:46
  • books.google.com/ngrams/… shows terminally ill is the usual option. – ķ̢̫̬̺͚̻͚̹̙̔̎ͣ͆͛͛ Jul 3 '17 at 20:14
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I'd suggest 'terminally ill' or 'terminally sick'

Terminal illness is a disease that cannot be cured or adequately treated and that is reasonably expected to result in the death of the patient within a short period of time. This term is more commonly used for progressive diseases such as cancer or advanced heart disease than for trauma. In popular use, it indicates a disease that will soon progress until death with near absolute certainty, regardless of treatment.

Terminal

  1. occurring at or causing the end of life: a terminal disease.

Other appropriate synonym adverbs include fatally or mortally.

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The phrase I would use is deathly ill, as in these articles:

AP FACT CHECK: Willie Nelson not deathly ill, publicist says

This day in history: Keats falls deathly ill

How jelly beans made a Canadian man deathly ill, and highlighted the dangers of licorice

So, for your sentence, it would be:

A stigmatized physician falls into an organ donor scheme through which for every human organ he delivers his deathly ill daughter gets an extra month of life.

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