• Florida guardian probed for unauthorized orders leaves cases

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Florida guardian accused of filing "do not resuscitate" orders on behalf of clients without their permission is resigning from more cases after she was already forced out of nearly 100.

    The Orlando Sentinel reports professional guardian Rebecca Fierle appeared before Circuit Judge John Galluzzo Friday. The number of new cases wasn't clear because the hearing was closed to the public.

    Under Florida law, a judge appoints guardians for minors and adults with mental or physical disabilities, allowing them to make financial and medical decisions.

    An investigation by the Office of Public and Professional Guardians determined one of Fierle's wards died in a Tampa hospital after staff couldn't perform life-saving procedures following a "do not resuscitate" order Fierle filed against his wishes.

    Fierle has not responded to requests for comment.

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    Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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