nated to science after death, also, this act allows the next-of-kin to make this decision for the deceased (Stanford, 2012). Terri Schiavo had become in a persistent vegetative state when her blood potassium levels dropped too low which lead to cardiac arrest and cut off oxygen to the brain for too long (Weijer, 2005). Terri Schiavo’s hus- band knew her wishes to be taken off the machines to pass away but her parents did not think that she wanted that outcome, and this resulted is a 2
END OF LIFE 3 very long court battle (Weijer, 2005). This could have been easily remedied with the proper documents and steps taken to carry out her last wishes. A living will would have documented Terri’s desire to be taken off the ma- chines that were keeping her alive and allowed her family to know what her decision was from the beginning. 2. Explain the difference be- tween withholding and with- drawing treatment. Which method was used to end Terri Schiavo’s life? There are differences between withholding and withdrawing treat- ment. Withholding treatment is when treatment is not started because the patient’s desires are known before hand and are documented in a living will (Stanford, 2012). Withdrawing treatment is when treatment has already been started and is discontinued upon learning of the patient’s desires (Stanford, 2012). In the case of Terri Schiavo, the treatment of keeping her alive was withdrawn and stopped when taken off life support and her feed- ing tube was removed (Weijer, 2005).
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