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Running head: BIOETHICS 1 IHP 420: 8-1 Bioethics Final Project II Danielle Houle Southern New Hampshire University
BIOETHICS 2 Introduction The Terri Schiavo case happened in the state of Florida between the years of 1990 to her death in 2005. Terri Schiavo was only 26 years old when she collapsed her home from a cardiac arrest and suffered from severe brain damage. Doctors stated that Terri was in a persistent vegetative state, which is an irreversible brain condition in which the patient is in a state of unconsciousness (Fremgen, 2016). In this case her husband “Michael Schiavo argued that his wife would never have wanted to live like that and attempted to get the feeding tube removed. Her parents disagreed and fought to keep her alive” (Sanburn, 2015). At first both Terri’s husband Michael and parents were both caring for Terri but after a long four years the doctors gave them the prognosis on Terri. In 1998 Terri’s husband petitioned to have Terri’s feeding tube removed, stating that Terri would not want to live like this. Terri’s parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, fought to keep the feeding

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