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Follow-up: should the elderly woman have been put on a ventilator against her wishes?

Meenal Mamdani, Bashir Mamdani


Abstract

We would like to provide follow up and comment on the case study regarding putting a patient on the ventilator against her wishes.The dilemma that the daughter and son-in-law, both physicians, had faced was the decision to place this patient on a ventilator despite her repeatedly expressed abhorrence for such a treatment. They asked her at the time that she was gravely ill, hypoxic but seemingly in possession of her faculties if she still held the same views or if she now felt that she would agree to a ventilator if the hospital doctors advised it.

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