Coleman Will: Don't Unplug Me!

Living will asked for life support for 15 days
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 2:11 AM CDT
Updated Jun 15, 2010 5:40 AM CDT
Shannon Price, ex-wife of Gary Coleman, leaves after an estate court hearing in Provo, Utah, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Stuart Johnson, Pool)
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(Newser) – Gary Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price ignored instructions in the actor's living will when she ordered his doctor to disconnect his life support, court documents show. Coleman had asked that he not be unplugged until after he had been in an irreversible coma for at least 15 days. But Price—named in Coleman's instructions as the agent authorized to make medical decisions for him—requested his life support be turned off just one day after he fell into a coma.

A spokesman for the Utah Valley Medical Association said the wishes of family members outweigh instructions in a living will. "It's not going to trump a family member who comes in and says: 'I want you to do something different than what's here in the advance directive,'" he tells CNN. A Utah court appointed an independent attorney yesterday to oversee Coleman's estate until a legal battle between his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend is settled.

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