In 1998 Michael Schiavo asked that his wives feeding tube be discontinued as

In 1998 michael schiavo asked that his wives feeding

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In 1998, Michael Schiavo asked that his wives feeding tube be discontinued, as Terri would not want to be kept alive in her state. Terri’s parents fought Michael’s decision to discontinue her feeding tube and the legal battle began. Throughout court proceedings, the feeding tube was removed and reinserted several times per court instruction 2
Milestone Three: Bioethics and Theresa Schiavo(Calabrò, 2016). Terri lived for over 15 years after suffering sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 26. It took seven years of court battles to enable Michael Schiavo to have the feeding tube removed and remain out (Fremgen, 2016). The bioethical issue within this case is passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia allows a patient to die a natural death without medical intervention.Bioethical Analysis:The main bioethical issue within this case was to determine whether it was ethicalto remove Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube or not, debated between her husband and parents. Michael Schiavo argued that Terri would not wish to have prolonged her life without the possibility of recovery and requested to remove the feeding tube in which was prolonging her life, however her parents contested this. The bioethical issue is that her husband argued that she would never recover and had no quality of life. Her parents, felt that the equipment is a medical treatment (feeding tube) to help support her life and that nobody else has the right to decide when Terri should live or die. The ethical question is determining if the court has the right to make the decision to end Terri’s life but ordering the discontinuation of the feeding tube. Michaelremained adamant that Terri would cease life-prolonging procedures if she were able to make herown decisions and/or had advance directives in place. One could argue that a dying patient has the right to self-determination when it comes to end-of-life treatment options in order to avoid ethical dilemmas. These rights include the decision to withhold or withdraw treatment when the

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