THE DOCTOR WAS DEAD WRONG
By Nancy Valko, RN
– May 2020
I had a patient in home health whose doctor tried to remove the
ventilator because “his brain stem was destroyed.” The wife refused. When I
went in to evaluate him before physical therapy was to start, I found him
alert, talking slowly and using his walker to get around. He even had a
delightful sense of humor! The wife was so glad she had fought the doctors.