This tragic story of a local man highlights the importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Health and Welfare.
Bradley Visser suffered a severe brain injury in an electric skateboard crash.
Mr Visser had appointed his wife as attorney for health and welfare, which meant that she had the legal authority to refuse life sustaining treatment on his behalf, taking into account his wishes and beliefs which he had discussed with her previously.
The POA meant she could present the hospital with a legal document stipulating his wishes, and had the power to make life decisions for her husband instead of the hospital. In accordance with Mr Visser's wishes, his life support machine was switched off and he died two days later. Mrs Visser now wants to spread the word about the importance of having such a legal document "to do something positive in Brad's name".