Emergency room doctors were faced with a heartwrenching ethical dilemma when a 70-year-old man was taken to the Florida hospital unresponsive.
The medical staff’s first instincts were to save the man’s life, but something they saw on the man’s bare chest gave them pause.
Tattooed on the unconscious patient’s chest were the words ‘Do not resuscitate’ above what looked like the man’s signature.
Normally, doctors are meant to uphold patient’s requests to not be resuscitated, but the manner of the request had them questioning the ethics of letting a man die.
The unnamed man had been taken to ER with a high blood alcohol level, and no identification – so they couldn’t contact his next of kin.
What would you do in this scenario?