Gary Coleman’s living will called for the actor to be kept alive unless he was in an irreversible coma for at least 15 days, according to a court document. Coleman’s ex-wife Shannon Price ordered his doctor to disconnect life support just a day after he fell into a coma last month, according to the Utah Valley Regional Medical center. “Decisions to terminate life support for patients are not made by physicians,” a spokeswoman for the hospital said Monday. “They are made by family members or legal representatives of patients in consultation with health care providers.”
The document, which was attached to a petition Price filed in probate court, included guidelines Coleman wanted followed. Life support should be ended, he said, after two doctors decided “my condition is incurable, terminal and expected to result in my death within 12 months” or if doctors “have diagnosed that I have been in a coma for at least 15 days and that the coma is irreversible, meaning that there is no reasonable possibility of my ever regaining consciousness.”
“Then, my agent is authorized to require that medical treatment which would prolong irreversible coma or delay my inevitable death… not be instituted, or if previously instituted, to require that it be discontinued,” the directive said. A spokesman for the Utah Medical Association said a family member’s wishes have more weight than what’s written in a living will.