Danielle Davis refused to pull the plug following a 2010 motorcycle accident that left her husband in a coma. The couple had only been married for 7 months at the time of the accident. Doctors recommended removing life support because of Mr. Davis’ extensive injuries and the likelihood that he would never wake up. But Danielle wouldn’t let him go. She fought to transfer her husband to rehab and eventually provided full time care for him in her mother’s home. Then one day, he woke up.
After additional rehabilitation, Mr. Davis walked out of his rehab center with the assistance of a walker. Although not fully recovered, he can now drive a stick shift car, tell jokes, and play board games.
ABC News’ account of Mr. Davis’ miraculous recovery does not discuss the legal issues that his wife may have faced after the accident. But an important lesson remains.
A medical power of attorney may be the most important document you ever sign. It’s not expensive and can be done very quickly with an attorney of your choice. And it should go without saying, but it’s crucial to choose your agent wisely — it may be the most important decision of your life.
See ABC News, Wife refuses to pull plug on husband after crash, then he wakes from coma, April 7 2015.