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Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

UK Woman Not Dehydrated, Starved



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A coroner's inquest has determined that the elderly woman in the UK, whom some family members claimed was denied sustenance, died of natural causes. She was not provided a feeding tube, based on what seems to be very vague indications by the patient. Hence, it seems that the care of the patient involved confusion more than intent. But the story still demonstrates the kind of confusion that can rend families and care givers when these matters are not discussed fully beforehand.


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