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The patient is my son's father and my ex-husband. The patient also has a brother and sister here... we are in the U.S., he is in Edinburgh. He did not share with any of us if he had obtained a will, power-of-attorney, etc. He is on life support and we're being told by the girlfriend that he will be removed from life support "at the end of the week." When asked who made the decision to remove him, she told us it was the hospital's decision. Further complicating matter, I cannot get an expedited passport issued for my son without "proof of emergency." Yet we cannot get Edinburgh Hospital to give us information on his condition because of "confidentiality" reasons.
Thank you so much for your timely information, JGM. I wish I could send you a personal 'Thank You' card. You were of great help to me, my son here in California, his family to the north of us, and in many ways, his father in Scotland. Many thanks and best wishes to you.
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