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Severe stroke, difficulty breathing, on oxygen, complete lung damage. Should we stop the treatment?

My father had a stroke last year. He is 80 years old. It was a severe case of Stroke , and never fully recovered. Recently, we had to take him to the hospital because he had difficulty breathing . He is on oxygen treatment for about a week. We have been informed that his lungs are completely damaged, and little hope of recovery. we have a difficult decision to make. Should we stop the treatment? Are there any chances of survival if we continue to keep him on oxygen treatment?
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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thank you.
chance of aspiration pneumonia is more in bed ridden stroke patient.
sometimes it is very difficult to treat particularly if associated with co morbidity like diabetes mellitus,chronic kidney disease etc.
gradual deterioration of the condition with maximum medical therapy is an indication to admit the patient in ICU for endotracheal intubation.
it is really difficult to give you advice about continuation of the therapy.
your concerned doctors can only help you.
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