A very active, healthy 80 year old woman is walking a trail one day when
she trips and falls. She is rushed to the hospital where she is found to
have a subdural hematoma. An evacuation of the hematoma (brain surgery) is
recommended and completed but the patient is not doing well after the
surgery. A living will is in place stating that she does not want a
feeding tube, intubation or any other heroic life sustaining measures.
However, her children do not agree with the living will in this situation
and so they give the doctor the ok for a feeding tube to be placed. The
patient survives and now lives in a nursing home at a wheelchair level
with expressive aphasia (can’t speak clearly or at all).