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Running Head: DRAFT OF FINAL PROJECT II: BIOETHICS 6-2 Final Project Milestone Three: Draft of Final Project II: Bioethics Southern New Hampshire University June 16, 2019 1
Running Head: DRAFT OF FINAL PROJECT II: BIOETHICS Introduction From 1990 to 2005, a right-to-die case took place which was called The Terri Schiavo case. At 26 years old, Terri Schiavo suffered cardiac arrest at her home and went into a coma. Terri’s brain was without oxygen which resulted in a brain injury. She was able to breath and maintained a heart rate and blood pressure but due to the lack of oxygen her brain suffered she went into a persistent vegetative state. “The vegetative state is a clinical condition of complete unawareness of the self and the environment, accompanied by sleep-wake cycles, with either complete or partial preservation of hypothalamic and brain-stem autonomic functions” (NEJM, 1994). Both Terri’s husband and parents were caring for Terri but after a few years the doctors gave them bad news about Terri’s prognosis. “Recovery from a nontraumatic persistent vegetative state after three months is exceedingly rare in both adults and children” (NEJM, 1994). At that time issues grew between Michael Schiavo and Terri’s mother Mrs. Mary Schindler.

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