Why it’s important to have advance directives:

Hazel Wagner has been in Allegan General Hospital’Â’s critical-care unit, where she has been kept alive by a feeding tube and ventilator. She suffered a heart-attack and has failing kidneys and dementia . . .

. . . Court documents filed by Drozdowski say Wagner has “no chance of meaningful recovery,” but the hospital continues to provide costly care, and if she has another heart attack, doctors will do everything they can to save her life.

Apparently state law does not allow a court-appointed guardian to sign a DNR order. Tragic for all involved.

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