"I once had a terminal patient who wanted to see his granddaughter before he died, so I prolonged his intravenous therapy for 3 days until she arrived. He died the same night." "Some families have completely unrealistic expectations, despite my educational efforts. I would give continued care, but not happily." "I do not have the right to determine futile unless the patient is brain dead. Futility is a matter of opinion. We all will die eventually." "I would not recommend it if I thought it was futile, but I would give it if that is what the patient or the family wanted." "Why waste money and time when results are nil?" "I would do this if I felt it would give the family time to accept the inevitability of death."