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My friend was hit by a car as a pedestrian. At the moment, she is in hospital and is given little chance to live. How could I describe her current condition?

  • Medical staff would often say her condition is critical, but ordinary people might more likely say it's serious (though somewhat curiously, the latter is usually considered less serious than "critical" by the healthcare professionals). – FumbleFingers May 4 '18 at 17:35
  • I think using "she is given little chance to live" is sufficient to describe the situation. There are others, depending on the actual condition: critical (some hope for survival), grave (basically no hope for survival), "on life support", among others. – user3169 May 4 '18 at 19:56
  • UK media are much given to talking about life-threatening or, in lesser cases, life-changing. accinet.co.uk/life-changing-injuries – Ronald Sole May 4 '18 at 23:15
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Medical staff would often say her condition is critical, but ordinary people might more likely say it's serious (though somewhat curiously, the latter is usually considered less serious than "critical" by the healthcare professionals). – FumbleFingers

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