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16th Sep 2014, 9:59 PM

Vescar

Oh Sean.
Thanks for reading, als always, and have a nice week!

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17th Sep 2014, 12:23 AM

Matricule885648

Wow. The story jumping on an adult and serious matters all of a sudden. That's unexpected. But awesome. I can't wait, I want to know more about that!

17th Sep 2014, 3:12 PM

Miska

I don't get that line in the middle panel, is it like "I don't care if there's no will living!" Or is this something about adult life I'm naive to?

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17th Sep 2014, 8:39 PM

Tru

A "Living Will" is a document that tells the hospital how you feel about "extraordinary efforts" to revive you should you die. In other words, it contains instructions on when to stop trying to bring you back to life.

Or you could wind up with a living body and a dead brain. QUITE distressing for the relatives. :(

Now that I've looked again at the comic, I think that call is the hospital trying to get Sean to tell them what to do about their patient. And that responsibility can feel crushing.

18th Sep 2014, 8:31 AM

Miska

18th Sep 2014, 2:55 PM

Jackie

"Oh shit" indeed.

29th Jun 2017, 9:17 PM

Some Ed

It's more than just whether or not to resuscitate. Living wills address what to do in many situations where life support is needed and the patient is not conscious and is not expected to be conscious "soon".

Some people have them written to say they never want life support ever. Some people have them written to say keep me alive at all costs. There's also a huge gulf of space between those extremes, and probably at least one person in each logical step along the way... and some of the illogical ones. I could imagine someone saying, "Don't put me on life support unless I can get an artificial limb from it." I doubt that'd hold up very well, but it's a free-form document, so you can literally write whatever you want. Including "see attached", and staple a book to it. As with any will, they can be contested or, if they're deemed too absurd, disregarded.