DeLay Faced End-of-Life Decision with Father

The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that Rep. Tom DeLay joined his family to not allow extraordinary medical intervention when his father experienced a brain hemorrhage in an accident several years ago. DeLay’s father did not have a living will.

After doctors advised the senior DeLay was in a vegetative state, the family agreed to halt extraordinary measures, saying he would not have wanted his life prolonged in this condition.

The blog Ethics Daily compiles several stories detailing the incident, including a report that the family won a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of a tram the senior DeLay was testing on his property in Texas when he died. DeLay is also among those leading a fight for tort reform claiming that such lawsuits are putting an undue burden on business and raising insurance rates.

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