Ethics Rountable

Ethics Rountable - 1 SPA 127 Dr. Hahn 4 February 2009...

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SPA 127 Dr. Hahn 4 February 2009 Ethics Roundtable: Interpreting a Living Will after Stroke An eighty-three year old man named, Mr. Duffy, after having a stroke he has been admitted into rehabilitation for many different problems. His wife has dementia badly and cannot make decisions on her own, let alone for him. This leaves his two daughters to not only now make decisions about their mother, but their father as well. Mr. Duffy had a feeding tube in and pulled it out. Because of severe necrosis of his nasal tissues, the doctors did not put the tube back in. Mr. Duffy has a living will that says he does not want to live off of a feeding tube and he does not have a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. Mr. Duffy fades in and out of alertness stages so it is impossible for anyone to get a reliable and substantial answer from him. The ethical dilemma here is who is the rightful decision maker? Mr. Duffy’s will says he does not want to live off a feeding tube, but otherwise he cannot get the proper nutrients to stay alive. His daughters want to respect his wish and his rights, but do not
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course SPA 127 taught by Professor Hahn during the Spring '10 term at Miami University.

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Ethics Rountable - 1 SPA 127 Dr. Hahn 4 February 2009...

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