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Running head: BIOETHICS 1 Jessica Webber Southern New Hampshire University IHP-420 Ethical & Legal Considerations Professor Catherine VonGarlem April 23, 2018
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BIOETHICS 2 The case of Terri Schiavo started in February of 1990 when she was just 26 years old. She collapsed at home after going into cardiac arrest which was “triggered by extreme hypokalemia brought on by an eating disorder” (Quill, 2005). Hypokalemia is when there are low levels of potassium in the blood. After she collapsed she went a prolonged period of time where oxygen was cut off from her brain. This time was long enough to put her in a “persistent vegetative state” where she was able to breath without the assistance of machines, but doctors determined that she was incapable of having thoughts or emotions (Haberman, 2014). Her husband Michael and Terri’s parents fought back and forth on what the right decision was for Terri’s feeding tube. Terri had no advance directive to specify what her end of life wishes were and here in lies the problem.
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