Time-limited trials offer I.C.U. patients and their families a sense of empowerment in the face of low odds.
More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening?
When Michael Knapinski arrived at a Seattle hospital, his heart stopped for 45 minutes and he was put on life support. Two days later, he was walking.
My father, a Chinese pulmonologist, believes his brother could have been saved.
He got Covid-19 just as the pandemic hit New York, and his personal catastrophe mirrors the city’s. The worst may be behind them. The wreckage is not.
We need to be honest with ourselves and our patients. We can’t “do everything” and “save everyone.”
A matriarch to generations, both in the United States and Colombia, she struggled with the coronavirus on a ventilator. They gathered online and in the I.C.U. to prepare for the end.