When We Die, and Doctors ‘Did Everything They Could,’ Should Our Families Watch?

From the other side of the wall, in the hallway or waiting room, the accomplishments of emergency resuscitation can seem miraculous. On the inside, it’s cold and disquieting. As Dr. Rosemarie Fernandez, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Washington, told The New York Times, “It’s not like on Baywatch*, where somebody gets pulled out of the water and you do a few compressions and they walk away.” This article asks if we should wait outside or stay inside and see what happens. What do you think?

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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