Deciding to remove a loved one from life support can be one of the most painful decisions a person ever confronts, especially if the prognosis is not promising.
After his wife Jill went into a coma, Ryan Finley was left with this enormous duty.
Ryan had discovered Jill unconscious and unresponsive. He did everything he could in those critical seconds before the paramedics arrived, including CPR and praying for her recovery.
Despite knowing the chances of a happy outcome were poor, Jill’s heart was weak, and her breathing was shallow, but Ryan refused to give up on her. Fortunately, paramedics arrived in time and were able to resuscitate her.
She was quickly brought to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital and treated with a specialist cooling suit. The most crucial thing was safeguarding her brain from further damage from oxygen deprivation. As a result of her condition, she went into an unconscious state.
Despite the medical staff’s grim diagnosis, Jill’s partner, Ryan, clung to hope and resorted to prayer. He continued to pray even as the days passed, and he was told that recovery was doubtful.
However, he was eventually asked to consider allowing the doctors to withdraw Jill’s life support.
On this day, Ryan’s diary post reflects his anguish and hardship. He described the agony of having to make the heartbreaking decision of whether or not to let Jill go.
Finally, he weighed her desires and let her go rather than prolong her agony.