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Great grandma’s tattoo: ‘Do Not Resuscitate’

May 18, 2006: It’s not that Mary Wohlford, an 80-year-old retired Texas nurse, had never heard of living wills – she had one hung on the side of her refrigerator – it’s that she just wasn’t taking any chances.

That’s why she had the phrase “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed on her chest – to make it absolutely clear where she stood in the event she ever become incapacitated.

“People might think I’m crazy, but that’s OK,” Wohlford said. “Sometimes the nuttiest ideas are the most advanced.”

“This is a modern day and age,” she said. “You have to advance with the times. We never even had a living will 20 years ago. Now I think we’ve got to go to the next step.”

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