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MILESTONE THREE: BIOETHICS1Holly L. DesimoneSouthern New Hampshire UniversityIHP-Ethical and Legal ConsiderationsMilestone Three
MILESTONE THREE: BIOETHICS2The provided case highlights the story of Theresa “Terri” Schiavo and the legal battle between her husband and family over the rights to keep Terri alive in a constant vegetative state or allow her to die peacefully. In February of 1990, Terri Schiavo was 26 years old and unexpectedly collapsed at her home and went into cardiac arrest. During that time Terri sustained a lack of oxygen to her brain for several minutes, ultimately causing severe brain damage. The brain damage left Terri in a persistent vegetative state or PVS. Characteristics of patients in a persistent vegetative state “can appear to have normal levels of consciousness with alertness and normal sleep cycles, but are in a state of deep unconsciousness” (McHeuter & Heuther, 2014). PVS is an irreversible brain condition and in Terri’s case, she was able to breath on her own, but required a feeding tube for nutrition and hydration. Michael Schiavo was awarded guardianship of his wife from the State of Florida and cared for her, including providing all necessary treatments and therapies to improve her condition. Despite the therapies provided, Terri did not make any improvement. In fact, physicians repeatedly told Michael Schiavo that Terri would never make a full recovery. Startingin 1995, Michael Schiavo requested that she be legally allowed to die. Then in 1998, he requested that Terri’s feeding tube be removed, claiming it was not what Terri would have wanted, but Terri’s parents did not agree with this decision and fought this matter in court. Michael believed that Terri would not wanted to have lived in a constant vegetative state and no longer be able to interact with the world. Terri’s parents and family believed that Michael did not have Terri’s best interests at heart and believe she would have wanted to live. Terri’s parents further believed that Michael Schiavo pushed their interests aside in an effort to save her life.