Persistent Vegetative State And Estate Planning
In case of a persistent vegetative state, how can a living will help me and my loved ones?
A Gainesville elder law attorney discusses vegetative states, and how will and estate planning handle these cases. Can a living will, before the worst happens, ensure that your wishes are carried out?
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“The third condition is a persistent vegetative state, and that is the Terri Schiavo situation. Basically, what we see in that case is that there is no brain activity. When the physicians tell you there’s no brain activity for your mother, the question is: Do you have a living will so that you can withdraw artificial hydration if you don’t wish for that person to continue in that state? Sometimes, people leave that person in that condition for a while to see if there’s recovery, but without a living will, you don’t have discretion to withdraw artificial hydration and nutrition in Florida.”