And, therefore, health care decisions should take this into account. According to 57 percent of Americans.

An eye-opening survey reveals widespread belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients. And, researchers said, doctors “need to be prepared to deal with families who are waiting for a miracle.”

More than half of randomly surveyed adults — 57 percent — said God’s intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared treatment would be futile. And nearly three-quarters said patients have a right to demand that treatment continue.


Majority Rules: God can save you when doctors fail.


  1. #1 clinteas
    August 19, 2008


    This is a US poll of course,you dont get results like this in any other country that had an enlightenment.
    Its a worry.

  2. #2 Lorne
    August 19, 2008

    So the all-powerful God can save you, but he needs you to seek help from doctors. I’m confused.

  3. #3 yogi-one
    August 19, 2008

    God can do anything. But first He needs your money and your vote.

  4. #4 SimonG
    August 19, 2008

    It’s right about one thing: doctors do need to be prepared to deal with this.

  5. #5 rogue medic
    August 19, 2008

    While religions generally do not encourage this, there are those who really do believe this. CNN does nothing to discourage this. They had a story “brain dead baby recovers,” about a miraculous recovery. Except the child was never brain dead, just clinically dead (no pulse), which is very far from being declared brain dead. There was another similar story from CNN. They still have not corrected their error. Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN’s neurosurgeon and resident expert) does nothing to straighten them out on this. I wrote about it in CNN is Selling Snake Oil – All You Have to Do is Believe. CNN is doing nothing to report about end of life issues accurately.

  6. #6 iRobot
    August 19, 2008

    Thats because CNN is another cog in the republican parties media machine. The repubs control this countries media, not just fox but CNN and the major networks. See Lou Dobbs who brags he had lunch with the CEO of Walmart, a company the makes its workers listen to an anti-democratic speach or else.

  7. #7 Mark P
    August 19, 2008

    Anyone who believes this should donate all their health insurance premiums to people who do not believe it.

  8. #8 CS
    August 19, 2008

    I agree with those 57%. If there is some omnipotent God, I believe that his/her/its intervention can save the patient. I think a better question to ask is: do you think he would?

  9. #9 Betul
    August 19, 2008

    That is a perfect time to invent God.

  10. #10 The Ridger
    August 19, 2008

    Yep. Doctors do need to be prepared for explaining just why God didn’t save granpa.

  11. #11 Elizabeth
    August 19, 2008

    grandpa was a bad man.

  12. #12 Betul
    August 19, 2008

    maybe god was having a bad day.

  13. #13 Ben Zvan
    August 20, 2008

    Maybe God was just out binge-drinking sacramental wine with the Pope.