OK to Die Blog
Friday, 27 July 2012
One family's remarkable peace with choosing a natural death over surgery for a debilitated loved one.
Mr. Omer had once held a position of social prominence, a moral influence on the lives of individuals and communities; until one year ago. A construction accident changed everything. He suffered injuries that left him in control of only one side of his body and his mind functioning as a 5 year old child.
Most recently, he had resided in an extended rehabilitation nursing facility, until yesterday.
When the nurse tried to arouse him from an unusually long nap, she could not. Upon orders from the facility’s doctor, he was sent for a Cat Scan of his head and then rushed to my care in the Emergency Department.
Mr. Omer arrived to bed 25 and his Cat Scan report was placed in my hand, "Large acute subdural hematoma with midline shift and… herniation.
Read the full article at OK to Die Blog