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Treatment for the Terminally Ill
“A single moment of repentance and good deeds in this world is greater than all of the World to Come” (Avot 4:17).
During the final stages of a terminal illness, a patient may endure pain and suffering with no hope of improvement. What measures must be undertaken to prolong the life of the patient?
What are the halachic requirements for administering nutrition, hydration, oxygen and antibiotics? Does the age or presence of mind of the patient play any role in the decision?
Although questions of this nature must be dealt with by a Rav moreh hora’ah b’poel on a case-by-case basis, this paper provides an overview of the relevant issues.
Query Submitted by a Shliach in Maryland
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