Serene Branson, a Los Angeles reporter, suffered what many believe to have been a mini-stroke during a live broadcast following the Grammys Sunday night. While reporting outside the Staples Center for CBS 2 News in L.A., the reporter began to slur her speech and immediately became incomprehensible. The journalist was immediately checked out by paramedics, who said her vital signs were normal. Although Ms. Branson did not go to the hospital, CBS stated on their website that Ms. Branson will be seeing a doctor for follow-up tests, and “Serene thanks everyone for their concern and good wishes and hopes to be back on the air very soon.” Full story: NY Daily News.
A Health Care Power of Attorney allows a person to designate an agent to make healthcare decisions on their behalf should they be unable to make such decisions. A Health Care Power of Attorney is effective immediately after it is executed and delivered to the agent. It is effective indefinitely unless it contains a specific termination date, it is revoked, or the principal becomes competent. An agent may make health care decisions on the principal’s behalf only if the principal’s attending physician certifies in writing that the principal is incompetent. The physician must file the certification in the principal’s medical record. A Healthcare Power of Attorney is a useful estate planning tool. It is important to discuss your medical wishes with your agent before you become incompetent.
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