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A life worth living: Judge backs
wife in fight to keep her
husband alive after hospital
tried to withhold treatment

Daily Mail [UK], by James Tozer

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/6/2012 10:58:36 PM

The loving wife of a desperately ill musician yesterday won her fight to force a hospital to keep treating him. Doctors had wanted to withhold potentially lifesaving care from David James, 68. But a senior judge overruled them, saying they had failed to fully credit the importance of his ‘continued existence’. Sitting at the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Jackson said the doctors had undervalued the limited quality of life Mr James could still enjoy. He described the patient’s relationship with his family as ‘of the closest and most meaningful kind’ and this carried ‘great weight’ in his decision.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 12/7/2012 12:55:59 AM     (No. 9052914)

1. "Death Panels"

2. Pray a trusted family member is with him 24/7

3. Stay out of hospitals as much as possible

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Reply 2 - Posted by: balogreene, 12/7/2012 1:27:41 AM     (No. 9052920)

Have a living will. Discuss these issues with everyone in your family, and your closest friends, and your Dr. If it was me, I wouldn´t want to be re-re-resuscitated if I had another stroke or heart attack. I probably wouldn´t go for dialysis either, but blood pressure treatment? Of course, unless its an extraordinary treatment. At least they didn´t want to withhold food and water.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/7/2012 4:23:12 AM     (No. 9052989)

"...had failed to fully credit the importance of his ‘continued existence’."

Same as the Death Bill.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jlw509, 12/7/2012 2:12:56 PM     (No. 9053972)

Absolutely get your treatment choices in writing. A good way to do that is via the "Will to Live" document developed by National Right to Life and downloadable in a document format which complies with each state´s legal specifications:

http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/willtolive/index.html

No one needs to tolerate aggressive over-treatment by experimental, "heroic" or burdensome measures not appropriate for an elderly, frail and dying erson. But on the other hand, nobody should be deliberately starved/dehydrated to death under the revolting pretense that --hey presto, add morphine --- and it´s a "care pathway."

Even more importnt than a "will to live" document: you HAVE to have people around you who know what you want and will actively advocate for you. Tell your next of kin. A document --- any document --- is just a piece of paper unless there´s somebody there to fight for it.



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