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Deaf Man Allegedly Given ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Order Without Consent

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Scottish Deaf-led charity Deaf Action reported last week that a profoundly Deaf man in his 60s who had a good quality of life was given a “Do Not Resuscitate” order by NHS Scotland doctors without his knowledge or consent. “At a recent routine hospital appointment, he was given the DNR order without any communication support to explain what it meant,” Deaf Action wrote on its website. “The order states that ‘in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest no attempt to at cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are intended.'” According to Deaf Action, the reason this Deaf man was giving a DNR order was due to communication issues.

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