Individuals in ashleys case then it is ethically

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individuals in Ashley’s case, then it is ethically permissible to amputate the hands of the (non autonomous) disabled man described in the following case. The Case of the Self Harmer A young man with a severe intellectual disability constantly strikes himself with his fists. No therapeutic interventions—psychological ones for example—have succeeded in preventing the behavior. This distresses the young man’s caregivers. They constantly have to sit by him to physically prevent the self-injurious behaviors. If the man’s hands were amputated, his caregivers would no longer need to keep him under constant supervision because he would not be able to constantly punch himself. In both cases, surgical interventions would help caregivers look after the patient, which in turn benefits the disabled person. (d) Make an ethics recommendation to the physician about how to proceed in Ashley’s case. This recommendation should be consistent with the case analysis and reasoning given throughout the essay. * This objection is discussed in SD Edwards, “The Ashley treatment: a step too far, or not far enough?” J Med Ethics 34, 2008: 341-3.
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