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What about hydration and nutrition?

Life can be sustained by artificial food and water given intravenously or by inserting a tube through the nose or stomach. Under special circumstances, artificial hydration and nutrition may be determined to be a greater burden than benefit to the person and thus may be withheld or withdrawn. If food or water no longer give comfort and a person is imminently dying, or the person’s body can no longer assimilate food; and if after consulting with family, physician and clergy no further treatment is recommended, a Catholic health care institution would be able to honor the person’s request to cease artificial hydration and nutrition.