Melissa Hickson, Michael Hicks, Michael Hickson discussed on Morning Edition


On that day of the hospital, Hickson found her husband's doctor in the hallway. He told her we're going to stop treating your husband and move him from the EU. The hospice care. This is from a recording of their conversation. Way will be extremely aggressive with his hair, the the doctor's explaining Do We want to be extremely aggressive with this care? Or would it be futile? Right now? All you life he doesn't have. Much of the doctor says her husband doesn't have quality of life and If we have to intubate him, put him on a more powerful ventilator in his weakened condition. He's not going to survive. That didn't make sense to Melissa Hickson. Her husband had pneumonia before other hospitals has successfully treated it. This decision was not made based on a disability in anyway. Dr DeVry Anderson is the chief medical officer at ST David's, The Texas Hospital. He said. It wasn't a decision A ration healthcare, he says Michael Hickson was much sicker than his wife may have realized that he had sepsis pneumonia in both lungs that his organs were shutting down and that it wasn't one doctor who made the decision to end treatment. It was a medical team of doctors, fight of care specialists and the chaplain. They got sign off from Michael Hicks. INS Guardian, A Texas probate court appointed an elder care agency to make medical decisions for Michael Hixson that happened after Melissa Hicks and disagreed with the previous hospital that wanted to discharge her husband to a nursing home. She insisted he needed specialized care at a brain injury center. Dr Anderson says the doctor who used the term no quality of life. He wasn't talking about Michael Hicks, UN's disabilities. Rather, he was trying to help me six and understand compassion based on understanding what quality of life is how someone might suffer more based on doing Things that we consider to be treatments or intervention that they're actually not helping them. Be better or feel better. On that tape. Melissa Hickson challenged the doctor. Are you saying because he's paralyzed with a brain injury? He doesn't have a quality of life correct the doctor, says Devin Stall, associate professor of ethics at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Hospitals caller in on cases just like this. She wasn't consulted on this case, but she's listened to the tape. It was very troubling about that kind of a gut punch. A treatment working or not Working has nothing to dio with a patient's quality of life. However, it's deemed by this position and by all accounts by his wife that he had a quality of life. Stall says there's research that we all of us, including doctors see someone like Michael Hicks in with a significant disability and say, I wouldn't want to live like that, and we have a bias toe. Underestimate what that disabled person will say about their quality of life. Melissa Hixon says no one asked your husband if he wanted treatment. He was saying, I want to live. I love myself over and my found they're the most important things to me. He would probably say that bastard listen. For the past three years, I have fonts. On June 11th. Michael Hickson died less than a week after the hospital stopped this treatment. Several disability organizations have filed.

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