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8-1 Final Project II Submission: Bioethics Sheree Gordon Southern New Hampshire
Introduction Terri Schiavo's case was based on a right-to-die that happened in 1990, when Terri fell into a chronic vegetative state following a heart attack that triggered a lack of oxygen and brain damage and was on a 15-year feeding tube. Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo, is both the problem, and her mother was her primary caregiver. It was decided after four years that nothing more could be done, and no hope of rehabilitation was an option, so she would remain in a Chronic Vegetative State (PVS) forever and the result caused a heated battle between the two played out in the public eye, as the husband felt his wife was forced to die because she did not want to live her life as such and the love of the mother for her daughter was trying to keep her alive. Mother and father have continued to argue, as she still breathes. When it came to the end of life, Terri never made an advance directive specifying her wishes and this caused problems with family decision making. Terri’s husband appealed to the court in 1998 for her feeding tube to be removed; however, Terri’s parents fought back to allow her feeding tube to stay in to extend her life and said cutting her tube was like murdering her, outright murdering.

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