Senior Gets 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo

UK woman, 81, not taking any chances
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2011 3:16 PM CDT
Senior Gets 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo
File photo of a tattoo in progress.   (Shutterstock)

An 81-year-old UK woman wants her end-of-life wishes to be crystal clear: She had the words "Do Not Resuscitate" tattooed on her upper chest, reports the BBC. "If I'm found lying about and can't say something, I want [medics] to accept that," explains Joy Tomkins. And if she happens to be on her stomach, she's got that covered, too, with a "P.T.O" (please turn over) tattoo on her back, accompanied by an arrow. Click BuzzFeed to see photos.

Tompkins, who is not in ill health, explains further: "I've had 80 good, interesting years of marriage and children and grandchildren and plenty of friends," she says. "I'm quite happy if I wake up in the morning, but if I don't I'm just as happy." (Read more tattoos stories.)

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