Case Study: But is it Assisted Suicide?
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This case study involves an unconscious 80-year-old in an emergency room (pill overdose & suicide note) connected to a ventilator to assist breathing. She had completed an advance directive. The person given power of attorney for health decisions said the woman made a rational decision to commit suicide & requested the ventilator be removed. The 2 commentaries on this case address the question of whether removal of the ventilator is assisted suicide or consistent with the patient’s prior wishes.