So there's a patient who is going to die soon, and the family is aware of it. She is on a BiPAP or ventilator, and is nonresponsive. The family wants to keep the machine going, to keep the patient alive, until a family member arrives from California. Is this ethical?
This is a question that plagues me. I personally think it's unethical. Yet, it is a personal decision, not for the doctor to make. You offer it up to the patient, let them know the facts, and the family has to make these decisons. What can you do?
"We want to keep her alive until our daugher arrives from California. Her plane will land in a few hours."
So we get to play God? What do you think?