A Mother’s Fight Against a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Order: Hope Prevails for Son’s Recovery

A Mother’s Fight Against a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Order: Hope Prevails for Son’s Recovery

June Hackett found herself entangled in a challenging battle against a ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNR) order imposed on her son, Kristopher, without the family’s consent.


Kristopher, aged only 33 at the time, experienced sudden cardiac arrests, leaving him with severe brain damage.

He endured a grueling eight months at the University Hospital of North Tees, fighting off sepsis, multiple pneumonia episodes, COVID-19, and a lung blood clot.

A Mother’s Determination

For the past two years, June relentlessly fought against the DNR, firmly believing that her son deserved a chance at life should he face another cardiac arrest.

Despite doctors’ grim predictions that Kristopher, now 35, was unlikely to survive, June remained steadfast in her determination to challenge the DNR.


A Ray of Hope

Recently, a specialist doctor lifted the DNR, as Kristopher’s condition showed stability.

Despite the initial medical outlook that he might never regain consciousness, walk, or speak, Kristopher has been making progress since the beginning of the year.

Currently residing in a nursing home in Peterlee, he displayed signs of improvement, such as turning his head, attempting to speak by twitching his lips, and gripping his mother’s hand.

The Journey to Lift the DNR

The road to lifting the DNR was arduous for June and her family, involving persistent pleas and discussions with numerous doctors.

Legal action even crossed her mind during this trying period.


The constant uncertainty weighed heavily on the family, who woke up each day unsure if Kristopher would survive.

A Last Chance for Kristopher

June’s fervent wish was to give her son one last chance at life.

She emphasized that while Kristopher may never fully recover, it was vital to her that he received an opportunity to fight should he experience another cardiac arrest.

Having the DNR lifted meant everything to their family, as they did not want him to be left to fate.

Positive Signs of Progress

During a music therapy session on a Wednesday afternoon, Kristopher held a jingle stick in his hand and moved it from his elbow, an act he had not done before.


This promising development came despite initial assurances from medical professionals that he would never open his eyes.

June is convinced that he yearns to speak and believes it is not his time to give in or let go.

Support from the Community

The Hackett family received tremendous support from the community through a GoFundMe page set up to aid them during possible legal proceedings.

However, with the DNR now lifted, the donated funds will be directed towards ensuring Kristopher’s needs are adequately met.

Words of Encouragement

June Hackett concludes by thanking all those who donated and offers advice to other families facing similar challenges.


She urges them never to lose hope and to persist in their fight for their loved ones’ well-being.


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