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medical proxy vs. previous decision of patient

A character (let's say, Bob) goes into vegetative state. He is scheduled to be put off of his resp. and feeding tube in a week, and since Bob is a really nice guy, he decided to donate his body to science. However, his wife doesn't like the idea, and, as his medical proxy, tries everything she can do to keep his body when he dies. Whom does she plead to, and how likely is it that she can waive his previous decision for donation?

(For the record, she's upper-class, so money is not a problem, the hospital is renowned, and this is set in modern-day America.)
Tags: usa: government (misc), usa: health care and hospitals, ~medicine: coma
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