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Case Study 9.1Major agents in the caseAndrea: 9 years old, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis since 13 months old. Has been in andout of hospitals her whole life. Her health condition results in her being severely illwhere she dies shortly after her parents discuss with physicians about active euthanasia.Parents: Order a “no code” for their child. They try to look into active euthanasia asAndrea’s condition is becoming progressively worse, and it is apparent she is going to dievery soon. They are very distressed watching Andrea slowly diePhysicians: refuse to consider active euthanasia because the law prohibits the activetaking of a patient’s life.Major facts of the caseAndrea was put on an experimental antibiotic as a last ditch to attempt to control herpulmonary infection. She does not seem interested in her environment and will not talkto anyone except her mother. Because of the progressive severity of her illness, theparents decided to put Andrea on a no code order without having Andrea involved in thedecision-making. Furthermore, the mother does not answer her daughter’s questionsabout death and dying.As the child’s condition continues to decline, the parents experience distress watchingtheir child slowly die, and the parents inquire about the option of active euthanasia.Because the law prohibits a physician in actively taking a patient’s life, the physiciansrefused to consider active euthanasia.Two days before Andrea dies, her parents are in despair because of her steadilydeteriorating condition and they feel powerless to alleviate their daughter’s distress.Medical treatment continued to the end, and no measures were taken to hastenAndrea’s death. Shortly after, Andrea dies.Major moral issue raisedWas keeping Andrea alive while she was slowly deteriorating the right thing to do? Or

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