Recently, my step-grandfather was involved in a horrible accident - a tree he was removing from the ground snapped back and crushed the right side of his head. Needless to say, he has brain damage.
The doctors do not believe he will be able to be rehabilitated (he is 79 years old), so they are sending him home to receive hospice care.
I believe you would classify his condition as a “vegetative state” (hate the sound of that term). The doctors don’t believe that he will ever recover from this state.
Last week my step-grandmother and step-mother wanted to remove his feeding and hydration tubes. Both myself and my father objected to this and it was not done (thank God).
Now, as it turns out, my step-grandfather’s living will has been discovered. In it, the language apparently states that he didn’t want feeding tubes, etc.
I am greatly troubled by this - if his wishes were against having a feeding tube, would this place his soul in jeopardy? I am struck by the thought that in signing this living will, he may have sinned, as removal of a feeding tube is contrary to both the teaching of the Church and the natural law.
I don’t know what to do - this man was my sponsor when I was confirmed 6 years ago - he assisted (ushering, etc) at Mass for years… I have no legal recourse - but even if his explicit wishes werer against feeding tubes, how can this be right?
Comments would be much appreciated… and prayers for his soul… and for mine…