Pre-filed House Bill To Address Hospital “Futility” Policies

Simon Crosier was born with Trisomy 18, a genetic anomaly that is frequently fatal in infant boys.  Simon lived only three months.   After he was born and while he was still in the hospital, his parents discovered that physicians at the hospital where he was born had issued a DNR or “Do Not Resuscitate” order for Simon without their knowledge.  He was ordered to receive food and comfort measures only.

On December 3, 2014, four years to the date of Simon’s death, Representative elect Bill Kidd (R-Kansas City), filed legislation which would require a hospital to disclose if they have a “futility” policy preventing patients from receiving treatment on the basis that such treatment would be “futile.”   The bill would also require a parent’s consent before a DNR order could be issued.

The MCC will be closely following this bill this session and will be reporting on its progress.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, you can learn more about Simon and his short, but impactful life at www.simonismyname.com.

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