'Do-not-resuscitate' order at issue in Minnesota Supreme Court case

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 27, 2012 - 8:15 PM

At issue is a 93-year-old woman's order against using extreme medical measures to potentially save her life.

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owatonnabillNov. 28, 12 7:03 AM

A DNR/DNI order is typically the governing document when the person involved has no reasonable hope of recovery and is not conscious or otherwise capable of making informed choices. It takes precedence over the wishes of anyone else, even next-of-kin. It is the "save her life" thing here that seems to be the sticking point. Would a trache tube have prolonged her life? Probably--but how long and at what level? Giving this woman five or so extra days as a living vegetable does not mitigate the guilt of this drunk driver, in the opinion of Owatonnabill. It is doubtful that a judge, especially in the case of someone 93 years old, will see it differently.

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