Lawsuit raises issues about end-of-life wishes

Lawsuit raises issues about end-of-life wishes

Marjorie Mangiaruca suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for years, and before she developed significant dementia, told her family she did not want to be resuscitated should a dire medical crisis occur.

But her wishes were not followed when staff at a Central Florida senior health-care home found Mangiaruca gasping for air in October 2011, her family members say.

Paramedics were called, and ultimately, they performed CPR, a tracheostomy, and injected Mangiaruca with drugs to restart her heart.

Mangiaruca’s daughter, Sharon Hallada, was later forced to make a decision she shouldn’t have had to: to remove her mother’s ventilator and allow her to die.

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