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Running head: Bioethics & Terri 1 Bioethics & Terri Schiavo Case Kathy Mitchell Southern New Hampshire University IHP 420: Ethical and Legal Considerations Professor Denise G. Osborn-Harrison February 25, 2019
Bioethics & Terri 2 Terri Schiavo was a young 26-year-old who collapsed at home of cardiac arrest in February of 1990. Her condition was “triggered by extreme hypokalemia brought on by an eating disorder” (Quill, 2005). Hypokalemia is caused by the blood’s potassium levels being too low and symptoms such as weakness, tiredness, tingling or numbness and palpitations (feeling your heart beat irregularly) began to appear. After collapsing, Terri went an extended period without oxygen flowing to the brain leaving her in a persistent vegetative state and unable to breath on her own. Doctors determined that Terri was incapable of awareness and wakefulness (Haberman, 2014). Mr. Schiavo, Terri’s husband petitioned to the courts for the removal of the feeding tube to illuminate food and water. He submitted evidence to the courts why his wife would want to end her life instead of living in this manner. The mother and father continued to argue since she

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