Aitchison tells the story of James Wright Jr., a Kirkwood lawyer assigned by the court to determine the fate of Steven Becker, 28. Becker has been in a persistent vegetative state since March. Becker can breathe on his own, but he needs food and water supplied to him. Becker's wife has given the order for doctors to cut off his food supply, thereby starving him to death. Becker's mother has gotten a court order to stop the termination. Wright is charged with finding out what Becker would want done in this situation, without tearing about Becker's family.
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