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Final Project II – Final Draft - BioethicsJennifer D ColemanSouthern New Hampshire UniversityIHP-420 Ethical & Legal ConsiderationsJune 24, 2019
On February 25, 1990, Theresa (Terri) Schiavo collapsed due to suffering a full cardiac arrest. Terri lost consciousness and suffered brain damage at the age of twenty-six. There was no known reason or illness that would explain the loss of consciousness. Terri was later diagnosed with a severe brain injury that is known as hypoxic encephalopathy. Terri diagnosed injury is cause by the brain being deprived of oxygen for an extended amount of time. Terri’s family was informed that she would remain in a vegetative state and would be on artificial life support for the remainder of her life. The case known as the Right to Die case became a hot topic in the media due to the feud between Terri’s husband Michael and her family. “Michael, and her parents Robert (Bob) and Mary Schindler began an open and transparent dispute regarding the removal of a feeding tube that would end Terri’s life” (Sanburn, J., 2015). “Michael, Terri’s husband believed he knew, his wife Terri would not have wanted her life artificially prolonged, with no hope of recovery” (Chalasani, R., 2016, para. 1). Terri’s parents stood firm by their feelings that there was a possibility that she would recover. Being of Catholic faith, her parent felt that this type of life ending event is seen as a suicidal act, an act that Terri would never decide if able. The dispute between the Schindler’s and her husband Michael continued, as doctors testified for both sides with different perspectives. The bioethical issue with this case wasto determine the verdict regarding Terri Schiavo’s medical condition. The doctor’s unanimous decision was that Terry would not recover. After fifteen years of being on enteral nutrition and hydration, fourteen appeals and numerous motions, petitions, hearings and 5 suits in the federal district courts late Terri was taken was taken off life support. In 2005 Terri’s doctors still deemed

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