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Running head: IHP 420 MILESTONE THREE1 IHP 420 Milestone ThreeElizabeth DiBiasoSouthern New Hampshire University
IHP 420 MILESTONE THREE2 On February 25, 1990, at the young age of 26, Theresa Marie Schiavo collapsed at her home in St. Petersburg, Fl. from cardiac arrest. Despite best efforts to restore function quickly, Theresa “Terri” was left in a persistent vegetative state due to her brain being deprived of oxygen for a length of time (Haberman, 2014). This case would encompass the next 15 years of the families lives as both sides bitterly fought for what they felt was the right outcome for Terri and themselves. While Terri’s husband, Michael, argued that Terri would not wish to be maintained in such a fashion. Her parents argued that aiding death, by any means, would violate Terri’s strong Catholic beliefs (Reynolds, 2004). However, Florida law in 1993, specified that the spouse of an incapacitated adult was the guardian and thus giving Michael the right to make medical decisions on her behalf. Terri’s parents, Mary and Robert Schindler, would continue to battle the decision to remove support to Terri by arguing that Michael had moved on with his life by living with his girlfriend and fathering two children and thus he no longer had Terri’s best interest in mind and it benefited him if Terri died. After numerous court battles, and almost 15 years, on March 18th, 2005, the staff at Pinellas Park Hospice removed Terri’s feeding tube. Terri Schiavo would die on March 31st, 2005 (Timeline of Events: Terri Schindler Schiavo, 2008).

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