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NOV 05, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Paralyzed deer hunter chooses to end life support

When the avid outdoorsman was badly hurt Saturday in a hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on a ventilator for life. The 32-year-old was deer hunting when he fell 16 feet from a tree and suffered a severe spinal injury that paralyzed him from the shoulders down. [...] standard medical practice is to grant more autonomy to patients. Even when a patient has outlined his wishes for end-of-life care, the decision can tear families apart. Shultz said her brother — the youngest of four siblings — wanted to talk but couldn't because the ventilator tube was still in ... Read More

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