Doctors rushed an ill-fated motorcyclist with severe injuries to the head and chest to the ICU.
In the difficult weeks that followed, the prognosis was progressively more and more grim. Family members were sure the patient "would not want to live like that" on a mechanical ventilator.
But the law prevented them from speaking on his behalf.
I was also interviewed on NHPR about this story as part of a three piece series on end-of-life decision-making.