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January 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

End-of-life care: the role of a health-care provider and the predictability of death

When it makes sense to go against a health-care provider

In response to David Baker, there is a time to die and there is a time to disagree with health-care providers [“When is it worth saving a life?” Opinion, Jan. 9].

In her early 90s, my mom had blocked arteries in her leg and faced potential amputation. After two failed surgical repairs, our advocacy led to a third surgery lasting 8 hours and later days in the intensive care unit where she nearly died. But she lived to be 96 years old and kept her leg. What were those four to six years worth?

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: death, end-of-life care, health care

September 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Death with dignity in Catholic hospitals

Catholic health care is dignified I read with stunned disbelief Tom Preston’s guest column. [“Defend death with dignity in Catholic-run medical facilities,” Opinion, Sept. 2.] I was particularly amazed at that last line: “A peaceful death, surrounded by loved ones, is a choice that should be respected, honored and treated with the dignity every person deserves.” That…

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0 Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: death, Death with Dignity, health care

July 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Alzheimer’s disease claims the lives of many

It is time to act The time is now. Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the most expensive disease in America. By 2050, it could bankrupt our health-care system. I live with Alzheimer’s every day, both personally and professionally. My mother lived with dementia for nearly 20 years before her death. Like more than 50 percent of those…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: alzheimer's, care, death

June 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Teen cyclist’s death in charity ride

Cyclists were put in harm’s way I was not surprised to read of this incident. [“Teen cyclist hit, killed in charity ride,” NW Monday, June 17.] I would not have been surprised to see several other accidents or deaths related to this event. I was driving east on Pioneer Highway at 9:15 a.m. Sunday and found…

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0 Comments | More in bicycling, Transportation | Topics: bicyclist, charity ride, cyclist

May 16, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Bothell family lawsuit over crash

Don’t blame the state My heart goes out to the Owen-Mayer family for their loss and devastating injuries, but to blame the state for their own actions is wrong [“Family files claims against state over crash,” NWWednesday, May 15]. There were warnings issued and heavy news coverage of the weather conditions. If the state protected them from…

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0 Comments | Topics: crash, death, lawsuit

May 6, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Son of couple killed in DUI crash speaks out

Alcoholism must be treated like a disease In my opinion, implementing stiffer DUI penalties, such mandatory jail time, is not the answer for drunken drivers [“Despair. Pain. Resolve.,” page one, May 1]. I want to preface my comments by saying I had a brother who was an alcoholic and ended up committing suicide, and now a…

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0 Comments | More in alcohol, DUI | Topics: alcohol, alcoholism, death