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Running Head: MILESTONE THREE: BIOETHICS 1 Milestone Three: Bioethics Deva I Strode Southern New Hampshire University IHP 420 August 14, 2018
Milestone Three: Bioethics 2 Introduction These case details are about the medical treatment of a female named Theresa “Terri” Schiavo. The details of this case span over a 15-year period. Terri was 26 years old when she suddenly collapsed at her home in St. Petersburg, FL on February 25, 1990. When EMS personnel arrived on scene, they found that Terri did not have a pulse and was not breathing. Terri had gone into cardiac arrest but was resuscitated and taken to the hospital for further evaluation. It was then determined Terri had been deprived of oxygen to her brain for a prolonged period of time and this left Terri with harmful damage. Terri was examined by many physicians and determined she was in a “persistent vegetative state” (Habersham, 2014). This means she may appear to have a normal state of consciousness and is alert but is actually in a state of unconsciousness and unable to make a thought or have emotion. This is a condition that is not reversible. Due to Terri’s health status she was able to breath on her own but required a feeding tube for all her nutrition and hydration. Terri’s husband, Michael, Shiavo, had been awarded guardianship over his wife by the state of Florida because she had no living will or advance directive. In the next four years after Terri’s cardiac arrest, she went through numerous attempts at therapy to help improve her condition. Unfortunately, to no avail did any of these therapies show any improvement in Terri’s condition. The doctor’t that were taking care of Terri finally informed Michael that Terri was never going to make a recovery. She would always be in a “persistent vegetative state”. In May 1998, Michael Schiavo requested that the feed tube that was keeping Terri alive be removed because that is the way Terri would have felt if she could say so. Terri and Michael had discussed their wishes with each other before this incident ever happened. However, Terri’s parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, refused to hear of it and and so therefore, the courts of Florida became involved. During the time of these court battles the

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