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Margot Bentley – VSED Denied

In our 200+ participant conference on VSED, this weekend, we had 10 sessions with around 40 presenters.  But we had only one standing ovation: for Katherine Hammond’s compelling presentation on her mother, Margot Bentley.  

The photo below attests to Margot Bentley’s vegetative condition. In the advance directive she signed when she was healthy, Margot asked that she not be fed or nourished if she developed an incurable condition. The document is neither recognized by the courts nor the nursing home.

The case is back in the news, because a care provider breached confidentiality to comment during the last round of media coverage.  

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