Is a severe stroke considered terminal with regards to a DNR and living will?
My mother is a severe stroke patient. She is DNR and has a living will stating that for any terminal illness no extraordinary measures are to be used except to provide comfort and relieve pain. My questions are (1) if she has this Living Will why is the hospital placing a feeding tube in her nose to the stomach? and (2) is a stroke considered a "terminal illness"? She has only had a saline drip since being admitted Sunday...none of the meds she was on before such as for her congestive heart failure and no nourishment of any sort...is a feeding tube to provide liquid nourishment again the living will wishes? She has lost all ability to communicate which makes this difficult and I am her daughter and healthcare surrogate. Thank you.
The laws pertaining to advance care directives differ significantly from state to state. A stroke is not necessarily considered a terminal illness so the living will may not provide much guidance in this matter. However, if, as you indicate you are your mother's health care surrogate, you should be able to require the hosptial not to do any form of care that you do not direct. If they do not comply with your wishes, you should contact a lawyer to enforce your rights.
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