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In the most serious cases of COVID-19, breathing becomes so labored that ventilators have to be used to keep patients alive. This article will help you understand situations when you would need a ventilator, what ventilators can do to help, and what they can never fix.

Plan ahead. Would you like to be placed on a ventilator if you are seriously ill? No one can make these choices for us. No one will know what choices we would make unless we tell them. Let your family and your doctor know your wishes.

Read the article in the New York Times here: What You Should Know Before You Need a Ventilator.


Estate planning attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.


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