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Compassionate care

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1217
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    An 87 year old woman is brought to the emergency room of a small Chicago hospital. She has had a stroke. She is unresponsive, stops breathing, and is intubated and connected to a ventilator.

    Later it turns out that she has not had a stroke at all. She was brought by her daughter from another state and has been demented for seven years. She has no papers, no visa, no insurance. She came to the US 20 years ago as …

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