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Health Care
6:53 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Woman Searching For Place To Die Finds Little Support

Without regular blood transfusions, Norma Chaty would die within days.
Credit Kate McMahon

Imagine shopping around for a new home, but instead of looking for a new place to live, you are looking for a place to die. That’s the situation 83-year-old Norma Chaty found herself in. It’s hard enough to lay the groundwork for one’s own death. It’s even harder for people like Norma, who are alone and have little money. This is a story of one woman’s choice between quality and quantity of life, and what she discovered about the business of dying.

Every other day, a driver picked up Norma Chaty and took her to Portland Adventist Medical Center.

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