6 2 Final Project Milestone Three Draft of Final Project II Bioethics.docx

6 2 Final Project Milestone Three Draft of Final Project II Bioethics.docx

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1 Milestone Three: Terry Schiavo Bioethical Case Anne Murtha Instructor: Beverly Duncan, R.N., MHSA, CPHQ IHP-420 Ethical & Legal Considerations 6-2 Final Project Milestone Three: Draft of Final Project II: Bioethics Introduction The Terri Schiavo case was a right-to-die case that took place over the course of several years, from 1990 to 2005. The national legal case actually took flight in 2003. It all started back in February of 1990 when twenty-six year old Terri Schiavo suffered a cardiac arrest and her brain went several hours without oxygen resulting in a profound brain injury. It was due to the lack of oxygen that left Terri severely brain damaged and in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS), as per The New York Times (April 20, 2014). According to The New York Times (April 20, 2014) “A Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) is a condition where parts of the brain that controls thinking and awareness in humans is ether damaged or destroyed and only the brain stem that controls a person’s reflexes for breathing remain intact”. At first both Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo and parent were both caring for Terri but after four years Terri’s doctors gave both Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband and Mrs. Mary Schindler, Terri’s mom a grim prognosis. It was in 1998 that Terri’s husband petitioned to have Terri’s feeding tube removed, stating that Terri didn’t want to go on this way. Terri’s parents Robert and Mary Schindler fought back to
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2 Milestone Three: Terry Schiavo Bioethical Case keep their daughter’s feeding tube in, to keep her alive. They claimed that by removing their daughter’s feeding tube was like committing an act of murder.
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  • Fall '18
  • Persistent vegetative state, Terri Schiavo, Terri Schiavo case

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