A living will: sparing your family from life’s most difficult choice

A living will is a statement about the kind of medical treatment you would prefer in the event you are incapacitated. It only applies in circumstances where your death is inevitable. Your living will spells out whether or not you want extraordinary measures taken to sustain your life. And, perhaps most importantly, it spares them from having to make the decision as to whether you should be put on machines to prevent your death. These machines include artificial respirators (for life support) and automated feeding devices (for nourishment and hydration). Should you wish not to have these measures taken, if you become seriously ill or injured, you can issue a “Do not Resuscitate order” which will stop a hospital from resuscitating you if your breathing or heart stops. You should know that there are only two conditions under which a doctor has permission to hold back or suspend life support. And even if either of these is present, two doctors must concur on the diagnosis: You must be terminally and untreatably ill; or you must be diagnosed as being in a continual vegetative state.

P C Bruwer and partners is a small sized accounting and auditing firm situated in Bloemfontein, Free State Province.  The firm also renders its services to clients in other centres in the Republic of South Africa.  The firm has been in business since 1973 and renders a wide variety of services to a large spectrum of clients.  The business is incorporated and is known as Bruwer Theron Incorporated trading as P C Bruwer and partners.

 

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