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times before the final removal. Terri died 13 days later after a 15-year life of a PVS diagnoses.Bioethical Analysis “The Harvard Criteria for a Definition of Irreversible Coma includes consideration of whether the patient is unreceptive and unresponsive, with a total unawareness of externally applied and even painful stimuli, has no spontaneous movements or breathing, as well as an
3TERRI SCHIAVOabsence of response to stimuli such as pain, touch, sound, or light, and has no reflexes, has fixed dilated pupils, lack of eye movement, and lack of deep tendon reflexes.” (Fremgen, 2016) Terri was reported to be able to blink, smile, respond to painful stimuli, and also move her leg when prompted to. “This position was supported by Dr. William Polk Cheshire, Jr., who questioned thediagnosis of PVS by other physicians and suggested that Ms. Schiavo was probably in a minimally conscious state and not in PVS.” (Grossenbacher, 2007) This brings forth the issue of whether or not Terri would have wanted to remain in the state she WAS in and whether or not thedecisions made by the court feel morally right to most of us examining it from the outside. Most individuals at 26 years ago, as Terri was when she collapsed, would not have an advanced directive in place at such a young age with no immediate expectancy for such a tragedy to occur. “The most important ethical determinant of the case. There is little question that had Terri had an advance directive with a clear statement on whether she would want to continue living in a persistent vegetative state, the medical decision would have been according to her stated desire and there would have been little or no controversy. Perhaps