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Milestone Three Caitlin Kerrigan Southern New Hampshire University
Introduction: In February 1990, the Terri Schiavo case started. This case is about euthanasia, which is the painless way of killing to end suffering. In 1990, Terri suffered cardiac arrest, which she was able to recover from. For an unknown reason, Terri lost consciousness, which caused hypoxic encephalopathy, which is severe brain injury due to an extended period of time without oxygen. Terri’s family was told that she would always be in a persistent vegetative state, that it was medically irreversible, and that she would always be on life support. Her husband, Michael, and the rest of her family tried over four years to change the diagnosis they were given. But, her husband did not want her to stay in such a vegetative state and wanted her life support to be shut off, while her parents wanted to continue with life support. A key stakeholder in her care, Michael, put her wellbeing above all else. He wanted her to pass with dignity and to not suffer any longer. Other key stakeholders, Terri’s parents, weren’t really thinking about her wellbeing, they didn’t want to believe she would never come out of it. The case lasted from 1990 all the

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