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Withholding and Withdrawing of Life Support V/s Euthanasia

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Withholding and withdrawing of life support measures is highly case specific, context specific and situation specific medical decision, which is not amenable to cook book recipe type guidelines. No two patients are same in totality.  For the treating physician, withholding or withdrawing is a matter of consent, negative or positive, by the patient or by his surrogates -where the patient is not competent to give valid consent. It is certainly NOT Euthanasia as the intent is not to terminate life.

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Dr. Shri Gopal Kabra

Dr. Shri Gopal Kabra

PG in Anatomy, Surgery and journalism.Medico legal expert. Eminent author and academician. Working as Director, Legal affairs and Medical audit with a leading hospital.