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Old November 14th, 2007, 12:25
dukettemom dukettemom is offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
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i am so thankful my mother had advanced directives. it really took all the "what if" questions off of me and my brother. Her wishes were very clear.

However, even with her very clear directives, the hospital's ethics board still had to be called to meet in order for us to have her pacemaker disabled. She was in renal failure, not a transplant candidate, other organs were beginning to fail, she was unresponsive and essentially being kept alive by her pacemaker. We told her doctor to disable it.... he had to call the technician to come do it after the ethics board gave their OK. They were pretty speedy about it and all, but, who knew??

again, i'm just sooooo thankful her wishes were so clear.

my husband and i need to do this for ourselves, too.
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