The Nuremberg code also states that consent is needed in any human medical experimentation. With that being said, the patient with acute diabetes is held responsible for her life and overall health. The patient absolutely has the right to refuse treatment, meaning that as a competent adult she has the right to decline all forms of medical intervention, including lifesaving or life-prolonging treatment. Although she is slightly confused and has no other consent besides her own, I feel as though it is unjust to amputate an elderly womans lower leg off without her permission. The patient may not have valid reasons as to why she is refusing the
amputation, but if she is alert enough to refuse the medical procedure, then it should not be done. Going along with the procedure without the consent of the patient would violate her rights. Regardless of whether she dies due to the refusal of the amputation, no one will be at fault because it was her decision to risk her life. Depending on what state the patient resides in, she can possibly have an ethics committee make a decision for her. Also, if doctors disregard her decision and amputate her leg, there can be issues. If the doctor performs surgery on the patient without consent and it is not a life-threatening situation, he or she may be held liable for injuries or suffering of the patient and a personal injury attorney should be contacted. To avoid all of these possibilities, the surgery should not be done tothe elderly woman with acute diabetes.