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Florida court requested that the feeding tube be removed from Terri. Mr. Schiavo stated that, Terri would not want to be alive in her condition. However, Terri’s parents who did not agree
RUNNING HEAD: MILESTONE THREE: BIOETHICS 3with this medical decision or Michael petitioned the courts of Florida to become involved. Up until this point Terri’s parents Bob and Mary Schindler and her husband Michael Schiavo had been on good terms until a jury awarded Michael $1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit in 1992. Mr. Schiavo sued medical professionals who he said failed to recognize symptoms that caused his wife Terr’s heart to stop beating, causing brain damage. Eventually, the case of Terri Schiavo became huge controversy about life and death decisions. In many ways this case has reformed the healthcare industry from euthanasia, implementation of advance directives, laws, and significance of living will. In this case, Terri Schiavo did not have legal document, advance directives, or living will to state on whether she wanted to be on artificial life support in case she had a critical life-threatening condition would happen. Through the duration of the court proceedings the court instruction that the feeding to beremoved and reinserted several times. [Cal16]Terri had been alive for 15 years since that tragic day in February 1990 when she sufferedcardiac arrest at the young age of 26 and became a permanent vegetation state. While Terri typically characterized as comatose or in a permanent vegetative state (PVS), her parents is adamant that she was responsive to communication. It took Michael Schiavo seven years of court battles to have the feeding tube removed and remain out.[Fre16] Terri died 14 days after the feeding tube was removed of dehydration and starvation in March 2005, the bioethical concern within this case is passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia allows a patient like Terri to die a “natural death” without any type of medical intervention. Through the duration of the case,Michael Schiavo pleaded that Terri would not want to live life in a permanent vegetative state.