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Doctor or Wife: Who should make decisions for gravely ill elderly man?

Ethical Dilemma In Hennepin County Court « CBS Minnesota – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Minnesota

In the news today was a case in Hennepin County Probate court involving a request by an elderly man’s doctor to have a professional guardian appointed for the elderly man (Al Barnes), even though the man’s wife apparently has decision making authority (through a health care directive and power of attorney, most likely). The doctor/hospital believe that the man is at the end of his life and that his wife is not making capable, rational decisions about medical procedures to sustain his life. A hearing was held in Hennepin County today and was apparently continued until February 2nd, in order to give the court appointed attorney (for the elderly man) time to gather information and adequately prepare for a hearing.

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