'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoo causes ethical dilemma at Florida hospital 

A very specific tattoo caused a medical ethical dilemma at a Florida hospital, according to a case study originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine and unearthed by Gizmodo.

Doctors wrote specifically about an anonymous 70-year-old unconscious man who was admitted to the hospital without any identification.

He had the words "Do Not Resuscitate" tattooed on his chest.

(Photo via  New England Journal of Medicine)

They were unable to find his family and the whole incident caused an ethical debate over whether or not to honor his end-of-life wishes.

The doctors originally decided not to honor the ink but after looking at Florida laws, the ethics team at the hospital told the doctors to uphold the tattoo.

Officials did end up finding paperwork that said the man did not want to be resuscitated.

His health deteriorated and he passed away.

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