Question: Sixty-five-year-old Abdullah Safar And His Wife Just Returned From Their Second Honeymoon. Abdullah Had No Interest In Learning About, Let Alone Signing, An Advance Directive. However, After Significant Prodding From His Primary Care Physician, Abdullah Signed Such A Document. Six Years After He Signed The Advance Directive, Abdullah Had A Massive Stroke …
Sixty-five-year-old Abdullah Safar and his wife just returned from their second honeymoon. Abdullah had no interest in learning about, let alone signing, an advance directive. However, after significant prodding from his primary care physician, Abdullah signed such a document. Six years after he signed the advance directive, Abdullah had a massive stroke and his life changed dramatically. He quickly lost all ability to communicate with those around him, slipped into a comma and became dependent on a ventilator. Abdullah’s advanced directive expresses his wishes that physicians remove life-support in such a situation. Abdullah’s family members disagree as to the proper course of action. His wife believes Abdullah should remain on the ventilator because he might come out of his comma. Abdullah’s father believes his son would not want to burden his family by remaining in a comma. Unfortunately, Abdullah’s three treating physicians also disagree about his prognosis. Two physicians believe Abdullah’s stroke has resulted in irreparable damage, so even if he awakes from the comma, he will be a “vegetable or significantly impaired. Another consulting physician acknowledges massive damages to Abdullah’s brain, but believes there is a small change Abdullah could see some recovery, but something short of full mental capacity. Does UAE law require physicians to follow Abdullah’s wishes for a natural death in this circumstance?
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