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Would a Feeding Tube Have Been a Better Choice?

Dear Carol: My dad was 89-years-old and in a nursing home before he died. Through no one’s fault, he fell and broke his hip. While he was in the hospital and supposed to be healing from the fracture he developed pneumonia. Then, when they X-rayed his lungs they found the start of lung cancer. The doctor gave Dad antibiotics for his pneumonia but Dad continued to get worse. He couldn’t eat and went in and out of consciousness. I wanted them to put in a feeding tube so that Dad received nourishment. The doctor disagreed. 

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