Man at Center of Living Will Battle Dies
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A man whose living will led a hospital to seek permission from a judge to pull his life support died after doctors removed his ventilator.
Hanford L. Pinette, 73, stopped breathing less than two hours after doctors removed the mechanical breathing apparatus at Lucerne Hospital on Wednesday, said his wife, Alice Pinette.
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"He was trying to breathe on his own," said Alice Pinette, who had challenged the hospital's attempts to exercise her husband's living will. "These people, they actually killed the man."..
David Evans, the hospital's attorney, said the hospital told Alice Pinette on Sunday it was planning to remove the ventilator on Wednesday. Evans told her attorney the next day.
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