Helga Wanglie's ventilator

Hastings Cent Rep. 1991 Jul-Aug;21(4):23-4.


KIE: Cranford lays out the facts in the dispute between the Hennepin County Medical Center and the family of Helga Wanglie, an 86-year-old ventilator-dependent patient in a persistent vegetative state. Mrs. Wanglie's husband, supported by the couple's children, insists that all forms of treatment be continued while health personnel believe that further treatment is not indicated based on the patient's prognosis. Failure on the part of the family and the medical center to reach a consensus regarding Mrs. Wanglie's care has resulted in legal action.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Coma
  • Ethics Committees, Clinical
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Life Support Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Minnesota
  • Refusal to Treat* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Resuscitation Orders / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Withholding Treatment*