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  •  My 92 year-old father-in-law croaked (1+ / 0-)
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    blue jersey mom

    after the same kind of surgery.  In his case, doctors kept hims sedated for 7 days to prevent him from pulling out the oxygen tubes.  When he was sufficiently weakened, all kinds of infections set in.
    He was a strong guy.  It took 2 weeks for the NY hospital to kill him off.
    To digress, his wife broke her hip, and died in a NY hospital 3 weeks later.
    To digress again, her sister broke her hip, also died 3 weeks later.  The doctor said cause of death was stomach cancer!?

    •  The mortality rate for a broken hip is very high (2+ / 0-)
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      cloudbustingkid, erush1345

      for the elderly, around 50% within that year, it seems in part because the lack of mobility is very damaging.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:54:29 AM PST

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      •  Also because many want to die (1+ / 0-)
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        cloudbustingkid

        That's definitely the case in many persons.

        My wife's grandfather broke his hip, refused care, and died in 3 months.  It was obvious to everyone that he had no interest in living.

        We all are of the belief that everyone wants to live on.  Well, if you believe that, you are a fool.  Many people want to die.  They don't like being restricted, lying in bed all the time.

        My dad just died, and I was relieved.  Of course, it would be nice to see him.  But he did not want to live.

        •  the doctors should hire you as their spokesman (0+ / 0-)

          everyone that the hospital murder has a secret death wish.  Right!  Sorry that your gather wanted to die by my father in law was making traveling plans, and it wasn't to gloryland.

    •  Do you realize how ridiculous this sounds? (1+ / 0-)
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      erush1345

      Condolences on the death of your father-in-law, but surgery is always a risk; Especially for 92 year olds.

      Are you going to sue the hospital for cutting his life short?

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