New form adds some teeth to end-of-life care preferences

From: First Coast News

When Suzanne Millis arrived at the Oregon golf course on Mother's Day 2007, she saw an ambulance on the green and a group of paramedics performing CPR on her 80-year-old husband, Max Millis.

Tubes covered his body. Curious onlookers filled a nearby veranda.

"It was a train wreck," Millis said. "Max would have hated it."

Doctors diagnosed Max with aortic stenosis in 1999, but he chose not to seek treatment, Millis said. She carried his advance directive with her, as documentation of his wishes to die without aggressive medical intervention.

Despite that precaution, paramedics refused to stop performing CPR, even after 15 minutes of failed attempts to revive Max's vital signs, Millis said. Doctors later pronounced Max dead at the hospital.

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