Andrew has been in perfect health since I knew him, but a month ago he called me from his hospital bed and the person I met there was a shadow of the Andrew I’m used to. He was pale and had lost a lot of weight.
Story goes that he had a growth in his tummy, and had to go under the knife for the growth to be removed. When he woke up after the operation, he was met with good and bad news – while the operation had been successful and he was out of danger, the doctor had discovered another growth in his tummy that needed to be removed. However, without his consent, the doctor couldn’t do anything from a legal point of view.
If Andrew had an agent to give the consent, then he wouldn’t have undergone the second surgery. He called me to put me as the power of attorney for healthcare before the second surgery, meaning I had the power to make decisions on his behalf during this time that he couldn’t.