Mandela magnifies difficulties of end-of-life decisions; death 'is not a straight line down'

  • by: LINDSEY TANNER , AP Medical Writer
  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 4:50 PM

CHICAGO — The emotional pain and practical demands facing Nelson Mandela's family are universal: confronting the final days of an elderly loved one. There are no rules for how or when the end may arrive. Some choose to let go with little medical interference; others seek aggressive treatment. Mandela's status as a respected global figure only complicates the situation, doctors and end-of-life experts say.

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