holder of durable power of attorney, spouse, adult children, parents, and adult brothers and sisters(Brock &Mastroianni, 2013). The situation in this case implies that the attorney who wrote the
HEALTHCARE CASE ANALYSIS3living wills has the power to ensure that the wishes of the patient are followed since she/ he isfirst in priority before the spouse; the husband. 2. Advance directivesAdvance directives denote to different legal documents that can be used by a patient whilecompetent to encode their future wishes in the event that they lack the ability to make decisionsconcerning their healthcare situation. In most states, the choice and meaning of such directivesand their terminologies are determined by existing statutes. In most cases, an advance directivemay combine the functions of durable power of attorney for healthcare in one state or a livingwill in another (Brock &Mastroianni, 2013). In the case presented, the 72-year-old-woman hadgiven a living will that states that she should not be placed on an artificial life support machine.Imperatively, the document was made while she was conscious and envisaged the currentcondition. However, her next of kin, the husband, who is legally the surrogate decision-maker,has refused to follow the provisions of the living will that was drafted by an attorney and has allthe legal powers. Imperatively, the husband’s contestation of the advance directives in the livingwill has created an ethical and legal dilemma and conflict between the healthcare provider, himand his adult children who feel that the directives should be honored. However, in this case, the
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