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manner (Fremgen, 2016). The moral and ethical dilemma in this case was determining if Terri Schiavo’s medical condition was in fact as serious as they stated, and how the family and Terri were subjected to the strenuous court proceedings and verdict, along with political involvement and the lack of a living will. Terri Schiavo collapsed at the age of 26 and 15 years later she died after her feeding tube were removed. Bioethical AnalysisBecause Terri Schiavo had no living will or advanced directive, there was nothing legally stating what her wishes were if she was unable to make decisions on her own. Therefore, as
FINAL PROJECT IIlegal guardian for Terri, Michael Schiavo indicated his wife did not want to live in a vegetative state. In this case, the bioethical issues involved here are: the withdrawal vs withholding treatment, active euthanasia vs passive euthanasia and quality of life. The first bioethical issue this writer would like to discuss is the issue of the withdrawal vswithholding life-sustaining treatment. The withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment refers to the necessary treatment in order to maintain Terri’s life, such as her feeding tube. Michael Schiavo projected his case indicating his wife would not want to continue in a vegetative state and be kept alive in theses conditions. In bioethics, active euthanasia is considered illegal which is noted as “intentionally killing” a terminally ill person though a lethal dose of medication (Fremgen, 2016, p. 332). In passive euthanasia, which is legal, allows the patient to die naturally by withholding medical interventions that would serve to sustain life.