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It's a lose-lose situation for all involved

As an ICU nurse myself I have seen this first hand (although I work with adults and not peds). It's devastating for the family because everything they define as "alive" still appears before them. Her body is warm, her heart is still beating and she is PHYSICALLY still there. It's unfortunate that the mother isn't hearing what is being said, I think it's her maternal instincts kicking in to protect what she thinks is there....she is in complete and total denial. I can not say what the ethical thing to do is, it's a very complicated case. It seems the ethical thing for the daughter would be to disconnect life support and let her body pass with peace and dignity. On the hand the ethical thing for the mother would be to have her fully on board with that decision.....and unfortunately those two paths may never collide.

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