Paralyzed man chooses to end life support


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In this undated photo provided by Jenny Shultz is her brother, Tim Bowers, 32, of Decatur, Ind. Bowers, who fell about 16 feet from a tree and was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after a hunting accident, told his family he wanted to be taken off life support rather than be dependent on others for the rest of his life. He died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, the day after the accident, about five hours after doctors removed his breathing tube. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jenny Schultz)
Jeremy Bowers
Updated: 11/06/2013 10:11 am Published: 11/06/2013 10:10 am


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana man who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after a hunting accident told his family he wanted to be taken off life support rather than be dependent on others for the rest of his life.

Thirty-two-year-old Tim Bowers of Decatur died Sunday about five hours after doctors removed his breathing tube.

Bowers suffered three crushed vertebrae Saturday when he fell about 16 feet from an elevated tree stand while hunting deer. His sister Jenny Shultz of Las Vegas says her brother's brain wasn't injured in the fall.

Doctors brought Bowers out of sedation to tell him his prognosis and allow him to decide on his care.

Courts have long upheld the right of patients to refuse life support, but most decisions are made by surrogates.

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pammio53 - 11/6/2013 11:57 AM
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it was his decision and i respect that... i would not want to live and have others to depend on all the time... i am very sorry for his family but understand his reasoning
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