Cardiac arrest in 1990 although she recovered from

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cardiac arrest in 1990, although she recovered from this, she suffered from brain damage later, leaving her in a comatose state, and therefore on artificial life support. This case had 14 different appeals, involved petitions and hearings, and five suits in the federal district courts. After a final court ruling Terri’s feeding tube and life support was removed March 2005. Bioethical Analysis:The bioethical issues for the role end-of-life issues within this case was to determine whether it was ethical to remove Terri Schiavo’s life support or not, debated between her husband and parents. Her husband argued she would not wish to have prolonged life support
Running Head: Bioethics Page 2without the possibility of recovery and requested to remove her life support, however her parentsopposed. The bioethical issue is that her husband argues she is facing a situation of being almost dead, however she has a right to do. The other side, her parents, feel that the equipment is a medical treatment to help support her life and that nobody else has the right to decide when Terri wishes to die. The ethical question is determining if the court has the right to make the decision to keep Terri alive or to end her life. Another major issue was whether Michael was making the decision to remove Terri’s life support was influenced by the money he would inherit from her death, and that her parents wished he would divorce her, so they could be responsible for her care, as well giving them her inheritance. The code of ethics applied to this case are the Kantian ethical principle and the Marxian principle. According to Kantian Ethical Principle the ends and

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