If you really wanted to ensure something was known about you when you were no longer in a position to communicate, what would you do? You could write it down or record a video, but these are all things which can get lost. The only permanent foolproof solution is getting a tattoo with your final wishes--which is exactly what 80-year-old Mary Wohlford did. She had the words “Do Not Resuscitate” inked on her chest, and is not alone in her endeavor.
An emergency medicine specialist also gave himself an 80th birthday present with a difference--he’s also had “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed across his chest.
Other people have had their wishes on organ donation tattooed onto their bodies, even incorporating them into a design. Not the cheeriest of topics, but if you want to ensure your message never gets lost, this is the way to do it.
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Inked Final Wishes
1. Final Wishes Tattoos - Trend towards tattoos conveying individual final wishes or health status for end of life decisions.
2. Personalized Health Record Tattoos - Trend towards tattoos containing medical records, allergies, and emergency contacts for quick access during emergencies and disasters.
3. Identity Tattoos - Trend towards tattoos with personal identifiers, such as blood type and genetic abnormalities, for identification purposes in emergencies.
1. Tattoo Industry - This trend presents an opportunity for tattoo artists to provide specialized services that cater to the healthcare needs of their customers.
2. Healthcare Industry - This trend presents an opportunity for healthcare professionals to work with tattoo artists to develop standardized symbols for medical tattoos.
3. Emergency Services Industry - This trend presents an opportunity for emergency services to develop protocols for the interpretation of medical tattoos and their use in emergencies.