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Our struggle to lift ‘do not resuscitate’ hospital order on mum, 90
9:40am Monday 3rd February 2014 in News
THE family of a 90-year-old woman are fighting to have an order instructing doctors not to resuscitate her lifted.
Maisie Armstrong was treated at Colchester General Hospital last year after problems with her remaining kidney.
When she was discharged, doctors put a “do not resuscitate’’ order on her file.
It means if she stops breathing, medics should not try to revive her.
But daughter Jane Blanes, 63, has challenged the order, saying her mum should be allowed to choose.
She said: “Mum has survived cancer, a stroke, a kidney operation and a lot of emotional turmoil. She has earned the right to choose for herself.”
Doctors and consultants are allowed to attach orders on patients after conducting a quality-of-life assessment.
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