Over ride parent who does not want to receive blood

My mother does not want to receive blood due to her religion. If something
happens to her and she needs blood or dies, can I over ride this request to save
her life?

Asked on October 2, 2017 under Estate Planning, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If she is a competent adult generally (e.g. still manages her own affairs; does not have a legal guardian to make decisions for her) and is conscious, etc. at the time, no, you cannot: her wishes control, not yours.
If she is competent but not then conscious and/or able to communicate and/or understand what is going on, if she does not have what is commonly called a "living will" expressing her wishes, then you, as next of kin, would make the decision as to medical care for her.
If she does have a living will, however, its terms and instructions regarding care (such as "no blood") would be followed.


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