Sunday, November 9, 2008

Doctors Judgement?

What do you do in a case where the doctors make the "judgement call" and turn off life support without family consent? Apparently that's what happened in Darwin, Australia last month (October). 29 year old Paulo Melo, sustained brain and spinal injuries from a car crash in Kakadu National park and died after his artificial respirator was turned off by the hospital. Paulo Melo's family have contested Royal Darwin Hospital's decision and are awaiting court judgement. Wow... I know in America, these doctors would probably have a fat lawsuit on their hands! What would you do if you were in this family's place? Please see link to this case under the "links" for full story.

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