Is a tattoo the answer?

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1063
  1. Clare Polack, higher professional training fellow in general practice
  1. Edinburgh

    My 83 year old grandmother wants a tattoo. She feels it would help reduce one of her great fears. She worries that if she collapsed someone would try to resuscitate her; she therefore wants “Do not resuscitate” tattooed on her chest. She is not ill, she is not depressed, she simply feels that she has had a good life and is ready to leave it whenever nature decides to end her time. She wants no fuss, no money spent. She worries about losing her independence, about getting dementia; a sudden collapse would be her perfect death, so …

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