Majority believe God can revive the dying

August 18, 2008 2:50:15 PM PDT
A new survey suggests that most Americans, and many doctors, believe that God can intervene to save dying patients. 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.