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Emily Abt Case Analysis Q1. Facts Medical: o 31-year-old female o 5 ½ months pregnant o 3 weeks in a coma following a gunshot wound o One collapsed lung and one functioning sub-optimally o Pulmonologist recommending Sarah come out the coma and suggesting an abortion o Obstetrician views the fetus as “almost viable” Social: o 5-year-old daughter at home, father’s location and involvement unknown o Father of the fetus not ex o Lives with daughter at her mother Delores’s (58) house; only known relative Q2. Uncertain/ambiguous aspects Psychological Status: o No explicit information regarding the father of the fetus or Sarah’s daughter, therefor custody of the child would most likely go to Delores o Potentially abusive relationship with boyfriend who, by fleeing the scene, shows little interest in taking responsibility for Sarah’s daughter or future baby. Given the indications of the abusive, even if the boyfriend returned in custody, he would likely not be fit to care for the children. If awakened from a coma, Sarah would most likely be suffering emotional trauma which is harmful to her own mental health and the fetus’s. Conflicting Medical Recommendations o Conflicting opinions from the pulmonologist and obstetrician, each stressing the urgency of preceding treatment in their own individual interests. The pulmonologist is suggesting Sarah has a better chance of survival if she comes out of the coma and has an abortion, while the obstetrician encourages that Sarah has an “almost viable baby” and, if given an abortion, Sarah still may not recover. Familial Pressure o Sarah’s mother Delores is not impartial while making these medical decisions. While it is fair to claim that Sarah would want to survive and care for her 5-year- old at home, her concern with assuming responsibility of both Sarah’s daughter and potential baby, cloud her judgment in deciding how to proceed in Sarah’s best interest. If Delores is uninterested in raising an unborn child, this could pressure her into siding with the pulmonologist and approving an abortion.
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