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Running head: FINAL PROJECT IIFinal Project II: Bioethics in the Terri Schiavo CaseSouthern New Hampshire University1
FINAL PROJECT IIIntroductionThe case of Terri Schiavo has been one of the most debated cases in the nation. It has raised much controversary regarding the end-of-life decisions for Terri who remained in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years. Her husband Michael and her parents were in much dispute over sustaining Terri’s life on artificial life support or to withdraw all nutritional support. Political involvement from the state of Florida along with the U.S. Congress had involvement. Back in February 1990, Terri Schiavo lost consciousness in her home. It was believed that she was in cardiac arrest with the thought that it was due to a long history of bulimia which place her potassium levels at severe risk. As a result, Terri suffered a severe brain injury known as hypoxic encephalopathy. The family was informed that Terri would never recover from the persistent vegetative state (PVS) that she was in, and would be subjected to artificial life support for the remainder of her life. Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, became legal guardian for Terri and wanted to carry out Terri’s wishes to not live in a vegetated state. However, Terri’s parents Robert and Mary Schindler were opposed to the decision to remove artificial support as they felt Terri was not comatose but “appeared to smile, blink and follow balloons” in a responsive manner (Fremgen, 2016). The moral and ethical dilemma in this case was determining if Terri