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Running head: 6-2 FINAL PROJECT MILESTONE THREE: DRAFT OF FINAL PROJECT II: BIOETHICS 1 6-2 Final Project Milestone Three: Draft of Final Project II: Bioethics Valerie Sprague Southern New Hampshire University
6-2 FINAL PROJECT MILESTONE THREE: DRAFT OF FINAL PROJECT II: BIOETHICS 2 6-2 Final Project Milestone Three: Draft of Final Project II: Bioethics The case of Terri Schiavo was one that touched many people on both sides of the spectrum. This began on February 25 th , 1990, when Terri suffered cardiac arrest which had been caused by hypokalemia (abnormally low levels of potassium in the blood) which was brought on by the eating disorder bulimia (Weijer, 2005). Michael Schiavo, her husband, had found her unresponsive and called 911. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her, but she was without oxygen for too long. She was brought to the hospital where she had remained in a coma for a few weeks, eventually opening her eyes, but not holding any conscious interactions with her family. Her husband and her parents both made sure she had the medical care she needed, even trying experimental therapies, but there were no improvements made in her status for 3 years. She had been being nourished by a feeding tube inserted directly into her stomach. Given that there had been no improvements, Mr. Schiavo had refused any further life-sustaining measures for her, stating that Terri had said previously that she did not want to be kept alive on a machine. Her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler did not agree with their son-in-law and began fighting for their daughter to remain on the feeding tube to keep her alive. Over the next 7 years of the ensuing court battles, all decisions made had been in support of Mr. Schiavo’s request to remove the feeding tube. Terri’s feeding tube had been removed on March 18, 2005 leading to her

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