Originally Posted by Poly
What if a child contracted an illness or was in a car accident that left him severely disabled requiring much unexpected care from the parents? Would the parents have the right to choose not to resuscitate the child so as not to prolong their suffering?
Yes. Many parents of severely disabled children and adults choose DNR orders for their relatives. Code status is up to the next of kin in the case of a minor or adult who is not capable of making his/her own medical decisions. You have to remember that people with severe brain damage, due to compromise/weakness of the muscles of breathing related to the brain damage, may be very difficult to get *off* a ventilator once it's been started, so many relatives choose not to put the person on a vent to begin with.