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“Please Keep Mom Alive One More Day”—Clashing Directives of a Dying Patient and Her Surrogate

All medical care providers are legally and ethically bound to respect their patients’ wishes. However, as patients lose decision-making capacity and approach end of life, their families or surrogates, who are confronted with grief, fear, self-doubt, and/or uncertainty, may ask physicians to provide treatment that contradicts the patients’ previously stated wishes.