Who decides to pull the plug for people in comas?
Answers: If the person is a minor then the one who decides is the parent or gaurdian. If they are married then the spouse decides. If they are older than 18 and unmarried, but have written a living will, what they decided in that document is what happens. If the person has no family or significant other or living will, doctors will decide when to do so. The time they choose in this case will depend on if life saving measures have been deemed futile and if the person has designated themselves and organ donor.
Their legal next of kin
It's morally the parent's choice
"next of kin"
spouse outranks kids
it works out well if people select someone they trust to make decisions for them should they become incapacitated beforehand, a good thing to set up while still healthy, and make sure that person knows your wishes - hospitals, social workers, & lawyers have papers to set it up - works better than living will which just states exactly what to do in a very limited & rigidly defined set of circumstances, because that still ends up leaving big questions to whoever is "next of kin" regardless of who the person in the coma would prefer to make those decisions
It depends. If there is a medical power of attorney for say the husband then he decides. If there is no family the hospital decided. In other cases mom and dad may decide.
The person who holds a MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY !
Spouses, kids, parents and/or next-of-kin, depending on situation.
The family member...if it is a minor, then the mother...spouses or predetermined powers of attorney have the right to do it.
Whoever has power of attorney for medical purposes. And if there isnt one, the family members have to decide what to do.
Many people believe it is the family. Truth of the matter is, bottom line, the insurance companies; particularly HMO plans.
If we are wise, we will let our loved ones know what we desire in a living will. Everyone should have one, I do. Contact any hospital for the forms.
The next of kin or the person that is delegated in a living will.
The immediate family members.
If the patient has an advance directive (a document stating orders for what the medical team in the event the individual should fall into a coma or similar state with no hope of ever recovering), then the medical team does it legally. Usually the family members do it otherwise. But there have also been documented cases of nurses and doctors performing "mercy killings" and doing it against the family's wishes when it's obvious the patient will never recover.
The next of kin. Hopefully, the person in the coma has filled out a living will. Everyone should. It can state that if you are ever in that situation you do not wish to be on life support. So many people don't have one and then you end up like Terri Schiavo.
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