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I believe in this case scenario it is the physicians

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How should the physicians respond? I believe in this case scenario it is the physician’s job to respect the parent’s religious beliefs and let them take the time they need to grieve as well as pray for their miracle to happen. It is a difficult case considering one of the neurologists is claiming of seeing little brain activity because even the slightest bit of brain activity can potentially mean the patient may have the potential of waking up, but they have no idea if that means hours, days, weeks, or even years from then. I think the neurologist who claims to have seen brain activity should try to do more tests to clarify because ultimately that claim does mean they are claiming life or death for the patient because if the patient has no brain activity then they are considered brain dead which means even if they do have a miracle happen and the boy does wake up, he will no longer be capable of taking care of himself and living the life he wanted to live and would be in a constant vegetative state and ultimately the hard question that would have to be asked to the parents is “is this the kind of life you want for your child and is this the life he would want for himself?”. Of course this is an impossible answer for parents because I am sure every parent would take having their child with them rather not with them over anything, which is why I believe if that neurologist think there is the slightest chance then he/she should get all of the information needed to make this huge decision because no one can be on life support forever even though there have been medical miracles that still have yet to be scientifically proven. The physicians should do everything they can to look for a reason as to why that boy may have some brain activity and confirm it if so, and if not I think that is when they should make it clear to the parents that he cannot stay on life support forever in this vegetative state and should start discussing which steps to take after removing him from life support after their time to grieve and pray was given to them.
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  • Spring '16
  • Laura Harkewicz, Ph.D.
  • Neurology, Persistent vegetative state

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