Do Not Resuscitate


Do not resucitate

81-year-old Joy Tomkins of Downham Market, Norfolk, wanted to make sure no one tried to bring her back from the dead, so she did what any normal grandmother of six would do: She had “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on her chest.

“I do not want to be half dead, I want to be fully dead,” said Tomkins, who suffers from arthritis, Reynard’s disease, and diabetes. “I’m afraid the medical profession will, with the best of intentions, keep me alive when I don’t want to be alive.”

Despite her wishes, a General Medical Council spokesman said Tomkins’ ink will likely be ignored. “Mrs Tomkins’ tattoo would not be enough information by itself for a doctor to make this decision on in an emergency.”

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