CHICAGO - August 18, 2008 - Monday's Archives of Surgery reports that 57 percent of randomly
surveyed adults think God's intervention can save a family member
even if doctors declared treatment would be futile. And nearly
three-quarters say patients have a right to demand such treatment.
Researchers say doctors "need to be prepared to deal with
families who are waiting for a miracle."
When asked to imagine their own relatives being gravely ill or
injured, nearly 20 percent of doctors and other medical workers
also said that God could reverse a hopeless outcome.