Deciding When a Life is No Longer Worth Living

It was the fifth time Rafaela’s feeding tube clogged, on the fifth consecutive Friday, that drove Steve Simmons to threaten to bring a shotgun into the nursing home.

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The Life and Death of Pepito Burlaza

When Pepito Burlaza retired ten years ago, he and his wife began building their vacation home in the Philippines. With just a final coat of paint left to finish, their life took a dramatic turn when Pepito suffered a debilitating stroke.

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“An Impossible Choice” on PBS NewsHour

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California Subacute Units


This map reflects all subacute facilities in operation on December 31, 2013 and authorized to receive Medi-Cal funds (the number of subacute units fluctuates throughout the year).

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People on Life Support Across the U.S.


This map reflects nursing home residents covered by Medicare or Medicaid who are kept alive by either a feeding tube and a tracheostomy tube or by a ventilator.


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A woman’s 14-year search for her brother leads to a John Doe on life support

The situation for the John Doe in Villa Coronado could become more complicated if he’s identified — and found to be in the country illegally. Read More…

DNA test to determine identity of John Doe on life support

The identity of a John Doe who has lived on life support in a Coronado nursing home for the past 14 years continues to be a mystery after a fingerprint analysis was inconclusive.

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