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Running head: MILESTONE THREEMilestone ThreeBillie-Jo KinvilleSouthern New Hampshire University
MILESTONE THREE1The Theresa “Terri” Marie Schiavo case is a right to life versus the right to die legal case that progressed over a fifteen-year period from 1990 to her death in 2005. The stakeholders in this case were Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband at the time and Terri’s parents Robert and Mary Schindler. The battle consisted of multiple petitions, appeals, and civil suits between Michael Schiavo, Robert and Mary Schindler, and involved the Florida Governor Jeb Busch and his brother President George W. Bush. At the center of this battle was whether or not to continue the Terri’s feeding tube that was providing her with life continuous hydration and nutrition. On February 25, 1990, 26-year-old Terri collapsed at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida after experiencing cardiac arrest. Her husband called 911 and Terri was successfully resuscitated. Sadly, due to lack of oxygen to her brain for a sustained period of time, Terri suffered severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy that lead to brain damage. Afterward, Terri was nourished by a feeding tube with no sign improvement noted in her condition. Multiple diagnostics tests were completed, and it was determined that Terri “exhibited no evidence of higher cortical function” and “no functional activity of the cerebral cortex” (Quill, 2005).