Tragic accident prompts ‘advance directive’ discussion

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A tragic sledding accident in Klamath Falls is sparking discussion on end of life issues, when patients can no longer speak for themselves.

Dr. Stephanie Van Dyke was critically injured in a sledding accident in Klamath Falls over the weekend.

Van Dyke is not expected to survive, but she may still give life to others through organ donation.

Sally-Ann Palcovich points out that those decisions must be made in advance.  “Advance directives are the decisions that you want to make about what happens when you can’t make decisions.”

Planning guides on advance directives can help you and your family prepare.

“It’s a very difficult conversation.”  Notes Sky Lake’s Tom Hottman.  “But, a very necessary conversation.”

That discussion can address life support, pain management, and organ donation.

“Eyes, corneas, bone, tissue – those kinds of things that we don’t even necessarily think about.”  Adds Palcovich.

Dr. Van Dyke was dedicated to the health of her community, and even now, she continues to inspire.

“She was bubbly, enthusiastic, energetic.”  Recalls Sally-Ann Palcovich.  “But very, very committed to our community.”

Hottman adds that Van Dyke provided another life lesson:  “Nothing is impossible for Stephanie.  And if you go into a situation with that attitude, you can’t lose.”

You’ll find a free copy of an advance directive guide online at:

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