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the elimination of food and water for Terri. According to the evidence provided by Michael Schiavo to the courts his wife wouldn’t have wanted to continue to live her life that way and it was Terri’s wish to end her life. On the other hand there’s Terri’s family, in their eyes, as long as Terri was still breathing they wanted to continue to care for her. The decision to end a person’s life is an extremely difficult decision to come to. We can clearly see this, in this epic battle to end Terri’s life. One could argue the definition of Persistent Vegetative State (PVS). Is the level at which an individual is characterized as being in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS), the same for everyone? Or are there different levels that are applicable? Also, why should it be left up to the courts to decide? In my eyes no one has the right to decide except for the family. After all the right to die is an intensely personal end-of-life decision. According to Hussang (June 2, 2017),” Bioethics is a multidisciplinary field, combining philosophy, theology,
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4 Milestone Three: Terry Schiavo Bioethical Case history and law with medicine, nursing, health policy and the medical humanities. Because the health care system is so complex, it is important to consider relevant issues from multiple points of view”. Conclusion In conclusion, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor in honoring Terri’s wishes and the feeding tube was removed. Terri Schiavo passed away on March 31 st 2005, she was finally at peace. According to Breed (2005), there were a total of six doctors that testified in the Terri Schiavo case. In Breed’s (2005), article it shows the back and forth between several of the well know doctors. Dr’s Hammesfahr a neurologist and Dr. Maxfield, a radiologist who were retained by Terri’s parents both stated that Terri was not in a per sistent vegetative state and in their opinion actually showed some regeneration of brain tissue when comparing brain scans from 1996 to brain scans from 2002. Dr, Gambone, a doctor that treated Terri for several years was quoted saying “Her brain studies and brain wave tests showed that she has a brain which is predominantly replaced by spinal fluid” according to Breed (2005). However, of the six
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  • Fall '18
  • Persistent vegetative state, Terri Schiavo, Terri Schiavo case

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