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.

Read more at: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-07-22/health/os-end-of-life-rights-20130722_1_end-of-life-do-not-resuscitate-order-dnro