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Dear Carol: My dad was paralyzed from a series of strokes. Additionally, during the last months of his life, he was on a ventilator and struggled with kidney and liver problems. Dad said he was sick of treatments and that he wanted to die. We were in the process of setting up hospice care to keep him comfortable when he had an emergency that Mom and I couldn’t deal with so we called 9-1-1. Dad was confused when the paramedics came and he fought against them. Of course they hospitalized him, though he was quickly moved into a palliative care unit. Even though family, friends and our priest were there with him at the hospital, Mom and I both feel guilty for not following his wish to die at home. Neither of us can seem to get past this. Were we wrong to call for help? Kenny

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