A living will shows Gary Coleman ordered that he be kept on life support for at least 15 days, according to court documents obtained by CNN.  The Diff’rent Strokes actor died May 28 at age 42. After suffering a brain hemorrhage, Coleman was taken off life support by ex-wife, Shannon Price, one day after he became unconscious.  Coleman’s living will named Price as his agent to make medical decisions for him.  He directed Price to end life support after two doctors evaluate and decide his condition is incurable, terminal and expected to result in his death within 12 months, or if doctors have diagnosed that he has been in a coma for at least 15 days and that the coma is irreversible.  Price ignored Coleman’s wishes.  A Utah Court has appointed an independent attorney to Probate the late star’s estate, despite Price having been named as executrix in Coleman’s Last Will and Testament.  Full Article: CNN

A living will is a legal document that a person uses to make known his or her wishes regarding life prolonging medical treatments. It can also be referred to as an advance directive, health care directive, or a physician’s directive.   A living will usually provides specific directives regarding the course of treatment that is to be followed by health care providers and caregivers.  In some instances, a living will may forbid the use of various kinds of burdensome medical treatment.  It may also be used to express wishes about the use or foregoing of food and water, if supplied by tubes or other medical devices.  The living will is used only if the individual has become unable to give informed consent or refusal due to incapacity.

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