Sunday, June 15, 2014

Casey Kasem Dies

Articles concerning the passing of Casey Kasem stated that he had passed away days after artificial food and water had been withdrawn. What's artificial about food and water and should it ever be withdrawn?

Prior to his death, Kerri Kasem, Casey's daughter, believed that it was appropriate to remove tubes artificially feeding and hydrating her dad, stating,
"For people who do not understand the natural dying process: Giving food and water to a dying body creates pain and further suffering. The body does not want or require food or water anymore in the dying process. My father can no longer digest foods and fluids fill his lungs up and will suffocate him. My Dad IS on pain meds."
Advanced directives and the definition of life support can be complicated and subject to interpretation by presiding courts. Fortunately, Mr. Kasem had an advanced directive specifying he did not want his life prolonged by food or fluids if he were mentally incapacitated. Doctors, also, had determined that he would endure more pain from further infusion of food and water.

The Kasem Family dispute illustrates the importance of establishing clear medical advanced directives and discussing those wishes with one's family.

According to the family, Casey died of sepsis due to an ulcerated bedsore. Rest in peace, Casey Kasem. You are a legend and we will miss you.

Posted by Note Taker

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