If you don't want your family to issue a resuscitation order when you're in the hospital or have paramedics revive you when they arrive on the scene of an accident you can put all arguments at rest by following the example of 81-year-old UK resident Joy Tomkins, she recently had a "do not resuscitate" tattoo placed on her upper chest.
Speaking to the BBC Joy revealed:
"If I'm found lying about and can't say something, I want [medics] to accept that."She says it's not a problem if she's found on her stomach because she also had a tattoo placed on her back that reads "P.T.O" (please turn over). Along with her PTO message is an arrow pointing towards her front side DNR tattoo.
Here's a photo of her P.T.O. tattoo:
Tompkins was quick to point out that she doesn't have a death wish, in fact she's rather healthy:
"I've had 80 good, interesting years of marriage and children and grandchildren and plenty of friends," she says. "I'm quite happy if I wake up in the morning, but if I don't I'm just as happy."Hopefully if she's found on her stomach the paramedics actually know what P.T.O. stands for.
What do you think of Joy's attempt to have her wishes met at any cost?