Thursday, May 22, 2008

Life and Death

Recently the doc on duty in the Hospital I work did a heroic resuscitation of life.An 85 yr old lady bedridden with chronic lung disease and Crippling arthritis suffered a massive heart attack and went in to a Cardio respiratory failure.He along with the nursing team revived the lady with all the equipments and medicines available.The lady survived for another five days only.Those 5 days made a huge hole on the pocket of the family.With no medical insurance they had to suffer a big financial burden.
With most patients here paying from their own pocket such heroic measures of resuscitation often do more harm to the family than good.But who is to decide to what extend resuscitation should go on?

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