IN: Paralyzed deer hunter chooses to end life support
November 5, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tim Bowers was badly hurt Saturday in a
hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on
a ventilator for life. His family had a unique request: Could he be
brought out of sedation to hear his prognosis and decide what he
wanted to do?
Doctors said yes, and Bowers chose to take no
extra measures to stay alive. He died Sunday, hours after his
breathing tube was removed.
The 32-year-old was deer hunting
when he fell 16 feet from a tree and suffered a severe spinal injury
that paralyzed him from the shoulders down. Doctors thought he
might never breathe on his own again.
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