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What exactly can I do when I'm dying?

Is is possible for a priest to heal himself while dying with healing word?

D&D 4th ed seems very easy to learn, but a lot of things confuse me when I'm out there DM'ing.

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Made your title represent your question. Welcome to the site. – Brian Ballsun-Stanton Apr 24 '12 at 23:25

Dying normally prohibits taking any actions whatsoever besides rolling a death saving throw at the end of each turn.

The Dying condition does this indirectly by inflicting the Unconscious condition which says:

While a creature is unconscious, it is helpless, it can’t take actions,

As with most things, there are exceptions.

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should probably note that a 20 on a death saving throw gives you a healing surge – wax eagle Apr 24 '12 at 23:44
Major exceptions: Bonuses to saving throws, bonuses to death saving throws, being a revenant. Note that achieving a 20+ (not rolling a 20) is necessary to gain the free surge, save via feat where it then becomes 18-20. – Brian Ballsun-Stanton Apr 24 '12 at 23:50
Also, a Warforged can elect to take 10 on a death saving throw, which can result in a free surge if the Warforged has the right combination of items and feats. – Snowbody Apr 26 '12 at 19:19

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