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Terri’s parents were so hopeful that new therapies and technologies would come available that would help restore their daughters cognitive function. The new imaging that was completed in 2002 by 5 physicians were chosen by the Second District Court of Appeals. This was done so they could review Terri’s new imaging and her medical records that included previous imaging and videos of Terri. 3/5 physicians concluded that Terri was indeed in a PVS, while 2/5 diagnosed her in MCS. All of these physicians upheld their ethical and moral duties to fulfill the Hippocratic Oath by honoring and respecting Terri to the best of their abilities. This was all done despite of the notoriety of the case (Quill, 2005). It is hard to fathom and accept that a family member is in their end stage of life. The end of life decisions aren’t about what the family wants for themselves or the family member, but for what the patient would want for themselves (Math & Chaturvedi, 2012). Without an advanced directive or power of attorney it is difficult to know what the patient would want, and thus poses an ethical dilemma. Those who advocate for right to life say life support should continue at all
Running head: FINAL PROJECT II: BIOETHICS 1 costs, even in cases of PVS with little to no hope of recovery because it is a part of the sanctity of life. Those who advocate the right to die say that life support should end and they should allow the patient to die with dignity by letting them die naturally like it has been done many years ago. If it was found that life prolonging treatment went against the patient’s wishes it would be illegal and unethical to continue that course of treatment (Kangasniemi, Pakkanen, & Korhonen, 2015).
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