Whatever side you were on in the Terri Schiavo incident a few years ago, you do have to give her family credit for standing up for their beliefs. Bobby Schindler, her brother, has recently made news again with his Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. It highlights yet again why you should have a Living Will and a Health Care Power of Attorney.
A New York man named Gary Harvey suffered a brain injury during an accident at home. For several years his wife has been trying to get herself appointed as his guardian. However, currently guardianship is with Chemung County Department of Social Services. The hospital that has become Harvey’s home wanted to remove him from life support in 2009, but a court denied the request. Now Bobby Schindler has asked to intervene on Harvey’s behalf as he believes Harvey is being denied medical treatments that could improve his condition.
If Harvey’s situation sounds similar to Terri Schiavo’s, that is because it is. These types of battles are not unusual when someone suffers an incapacitating injury and does not have advanced medical directives. Terri Schiavo was just the person who received national media attention. There are many similar cases. Make sure you do get advanced medical directives to avoid ever being in a similar situation.
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