Quinlan Cruzan - Lived until 1985(lived for 9 more years First Right-to-Die Case to Reach Supreme Court Nancy Cruzan Car Accident Could breathe

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Two Benchmark Cases -- Plus One Karen Ann Quinlan Nancy Cruzan Terri Schaivo
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Life Worth Living and Protecting Coma Most serious brain injuries begin with coma. Not permanent Brain Death -- Irreversible loss of function of entire brain. Kept alive with mechanical ventilators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Vegetative state -- First described 1972 “Eyes-opened unconsciousness” Greater than a month -- persistent Greater than 12 months -- permanent
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First Right-to-Die Case: Karen Ann Quinlan Became unconscious from drinking and drug mixture Diagnosed as Permanent Vegetative State Parents asked ventilator be removed Court found parents were surrogates Right to privacy used to justify Quality of life was important consideration -- chance for return to “cognitive and sapient life.” Ventilator removed Nutrition and hydration continued
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Unformatted text preview: Lived until 1985 (lived for 9 more years) First Right-to-Die Case to Reach Supreme Court: Nancy Cruzan Car Accident Could breathe without ventilator Parents requested to have her feeding tube removed Physicians refused Case eventually taken to Supreme Court Fundamental right to refuse treatment, but states could regulate Level of proof Taken back to state, proof gathered, Nancy allowed to die. Terri Schaivo Coma or Vegetative Case 1990 Husband appointed legal guardian Four years of therapy Monetary Award to husband and to care for Terri Transferred nursing home 1998 Diagnosed a Permanent Vegetative state Husband and parents disagree There was clear and convincing evidence Total agreement on her condition. Politics...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2010 for the course SOC Sociology taught by Professor Sheldonekland-olson during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Quinlan Cruzan - Lived until 1985(lived for 9 more years First Right-to-Die Case to Reach Supreme Court Nancy Cruzan Car Accident Could breathe

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