We all have a right to choose the health care treatment we receive. For this reason we need to provide our consent for the majority of decisions involving our health
So what happens if we are in a position where we cannot communicate, but if we could communicate we would probably express a desire to withdraw certain medical treatment and life supporting facilities?
The circumstances we are describing are those where through accident or illness we are being artificially kept alive by the medical profession, with no hope of our survival. The withdrawal of such treatment would result in our death, and in the opinion of the medical practitioners we have no chance of recovery.
If presented with these circumstances we maybe certain that we would ask for such treatment to be withdrawn. But if we cannot communicate how do we inform those around us of our wishes?