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Running head: ETHICAL CASE TERRI SCHIAVO ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 1 Ethical Case Terri Schiavo St. Petersburg, Florida Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation
ETHICAL CASE TERRI SCHIAVO ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 2 Ethical Case Terri Schiavo St. Petersburg, Florida End of life care is one of the situations that present care providers with ethical dilemmas. The reason for this is that in some instances healthcare professionals have to decide between continuing with treatment that may be futile and withdrawing it which would lead to the death of the patient. In many instances, however, the situation becomes even more difficult as a result of differences between the patient’s family wishes to continue with treatment and the patients wish to discontinue non-beneficial treatment. The Terri Schiavo's case is one instance where parents and patient through her husband differ on the end of life treatment. Facts about the Case Terri Schiavo case was a legal scuffle involving Theresa Marie. The legal struggle was between her husband and her parents. Terri’s husband who is also her legal guardian advocated for the removal of the feeding tube arguing that Terri expressed her desire not to receive the end of life care with no prospects of recovering. Her parents, on the other hand, advocated for continued dehydration and nutrition and challenged Schiavo's diagnosis (Terrischiavo Org, 2017). Eventually, the case involved federal authority and politicians to the level of the president. Eventually the pipes were removed and Terri died of severe dehydration. The ethical conflict, in this case, involves the end life care. The ethical situation takes place through the court process challenging the continuation of futile care to the patient. Ethical Issues The precise ethical issue in the case involving the end of life relates to various ethical principles. One of these principles of autonomy evident in the court's decisions to respect the patient's expressed will not undergo treatment that is non-beneficial (Karnik, & Kanekar, 2016).

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