A majority of Americans believe divine intervention can trump doctors’ advice in end-of-life cases, according to a report published in Archives of Surgery.
The study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, found that 57 percent of adults believe in the possibility of a miracle even after doctors have told them a family member’s life can’t be saved.
Twenty percent of trauma professionals felt divine intervention could save a patient. And although 61 percent of respondents said a miracle could save a person in a persistent vegetative state, only 11 percent said they’d prefer to be kept alive if given the choice.
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