[quote="Wesrock, post:2, topic:443116"]
It's my understanding that the use of a feeding tube for someone who is comatose is considered an ordinary level of care that cannot be stopped. The church doesn't require "extraordinary" measures to preserve life, but ordinary measures, of which a feeding tube is one, should not be refused or removed.
For a conscious patient, I don't know, but I wouldn't anticipate it being different....
If you have a personal situation in mind, I would recommend reaching out to the National Catholic Bioethic Center for free council: ncbcenter.org, and I'd also suggest seeking a priest for counsel.
Edit: I can empathize with the patient. End of life issues are complex. I don't know if the will of the patient should be overridden to force them to eat. That's another factor.
Thanks for the resource. It definitely provides some guidance on the Catholic position, however clarity appears to be lacking, since it's really a case by case basis.
Seems the Catholic position is that sometimes a feeding tube is "ordinary care" and sometimes it's "extraordinary care" (which explains why CA threads I've found like this tend to devolve into arguments about feeding tubes being ordinary or extraordinary care depending on people's own experience with them). Fact is they're both, but it all depends on the individual's situation. What would be ordinary for one person, is extraordinary for another.
As for my grandmother, given her inability to eat naturally anymore, her ongoing congestive heart failure, and her aspiration issues it definitely seems like a feeding tube would be extraordinary in this case even from a Catholic POV even if it would prolong her life by a few weeks or months.