Alice and Paul received information that they mother was in a coma in their home hospital. Alice had been with their mum when she was sick a few years ago, and during the illness, the mother had communicated to Alice about her philosophy regarding being kept alive when she was in a coma. The sad thing is that she had not left behind a written document telling the world what she wanted to be done.
As per her requests, Alice asked the attending physician to have her mother’s life support machine turned off, something that didn’t go down well with Paul.
Paul insisted that he wanted his mother’s life support to be maintained, maybe out of the guilt he was feeling after being away from home for so long. If their mother had put this down in writing, things would have been better.
Almost every state that you will stay in has a living statue that allows you to state that you don’t want to be kept alive using medical procedures that have been known to keep people alive for longer.
You have heard of stories where the family has been forced to “pull-the-plug” because the person was in a vegetative situation. You might wonder whether you need a living will if you have a POA, but truth is that the latter works when you can’t make decisions, but the living will determines what happens when you are next to death.