Beatrice Weisman, with the counsel of family members, completed an Advance Health Care Directive indicating that she did not want her life prolonged if she became incapacitated, specifying no resuscitation or CPR. She also designated her husband as her Healthcare Proxy. In June 2013, Weisman suffered a stroke and became unresponsive. She was transferred to a neurological facility where she stayed for a number of weeks with worsening condition. In August 2013, Weisman’s husband executed a MOLST order on behalf of his wife. Ms. Weisman was subsequently moved to Maryland General Hospital where, a few weeks later, she coded. Despite her end-of-life request being stated in the legal form accepted by the State of Maryland, she was defibrillated 3 times and injected with epinephrine to resuscitate her. Brought back to life, but experiencing tremendous pain and other conditions, she remained in the hospital until she was released to the family in November 2013, at which time she was taking 19 medications, had a feeding tube and catheters, and was suffering from dementia. Her family continues to take care of her at this writing, incurring thousands of dollars a month for her care.
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