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Final Project II: Bioethical CaseLindsey Barber04/24/2019
IntroductionThe Terri Schiavo case lasted from 1990 to 2005. It was a right-to-die case that legally took flight in 2003. In February of 1990, Terri Schiavo a 26-year-old went into cardiac arrest where her brain went many hours without receiving any oxygen. This resulted in a serious brain injury. “Whatever the cause, her brain was deprived of oxygen long enough to leave her in a “persistent vegetative state,” a condition that is not to be confused with brain death” (Haberman, 2014). A persistent vegetative state is defined as areas of the brain that is in control of the thinking and awareness aspect that humans have become destroyed or damaged. The only brain stem controls the reflexes for breathing will stay working (Haberman, 2014).Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband and her parents were looking after and taking care of Terri when this incident first happened. After four years of doing so, the doctors informed Michael and Mary Schindler, Terri’s mom of a ghastly prognosis. In 1998, Michael Schiavo petitioned to have his wife’s feeding tube extracted. He knew that Terri would not want to continue on the way she was. However, Terri’s parents Robert and Mary kept fighting to keep herfeeding tube in, in order to keep Terri alive. Her parents stated that removing the tube would be like committing murder. Terri did not have a will to instruct people of her wishes in a situation

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