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The program shows that doctors try to talk family into letting the individual go. But some cannot bear to make that decision and insist on additional care--keeping people on respirators etc who have no hope of recovery. Quality of life is low. Why go on. But sometimes it takes weeks or months. And this is very expensive care.

Exactly the opposite with my MIL. Her daughter, who had medical power of attorney, would tell the doctors enough, no more surgeries. The doctors would call my DH to ask him if they could try one more thing. He couldn't say no. They ignored the power of attorney. MIL was in the hospital for 6 months and numerous surgeries, before the doctors finally said it was enough.

Looking back I wish I had been more forceful with DH, but I felt it wasn't my decision.

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