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From: Dallas
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Dear SuburbanLAmom:

We are not responding to posts on ElderHope anymore. We don't have time. We are so busy in our work live in health care that we cannot do any more. But, as I read your post, which I would only have done if unusual circumstances had come along, I wanted to offer further insight.

I'm sorry you're going through all this and that all of you are suffering so.

I can speak with authority on this. You do NOT have to physically disconnect or remove pacemakers. Pacemakers and defibrillators can be electronically turned off. Anyone who tells you otherwise is misinformed. This is not at all hard to do and any electrophysiologist can do it, as well as most of their staff (with a physician's orders).

If someone tries to question the ethics of that practice ask for a consultation by the Institutional Ethics Committee.

I join you in those prayers for her release.

I hope this helps.

Posted on 2014/1/16 13:14

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