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Insight of Ethics in Health Care

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Shantae Shinholster BHS 365 Module 5 Case Assignment Dr. Afshin Afrookhteh March 17, 2008 The parties involved in this scenario are Terri and Michael Schiavo, Bob, and Mary Schindler. In this situation Terri's parents and husband are feuding over the decision to let Terri remain in a permanent vegetative state or remove her from life support. Terri did not have a living will so the decision was left up to her husband in deciding how her medical care should be continued. There were a lot of legal actions involved in this case because Terri's parents and her husband could not come to an agreement of whether Michael was making the best decision determining if life support is no longer needed for Terri because of her health condition. Terri's husband stated that she did not want to be kept on life support to help her function. ...read more.

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So Michael placed her in hospice care so he could get her the special medical assistance she needed. Terri was in a vegetative state for fifteen years. Michael had medical experts evaluate Terri. She also received exams from neurologists and surgeons to determine whether Terri would ever regain consciousness from her vegetative state. After examining her brain, the doctor exhibited illustrations of how a normal brain look compared to Terri's brain. Looking at the photograph all her brain tissue had deteriorated. The judge ruled in Michael's favor and decided he could make the decision of removing Terri from life support because he had substantial evidence her condition was permanent. The ethical principle paternalism describes Mr. and Mrs. Schindler reaction. Terri's parents thought it would be the best interest if Michael kept Terri on the life support system. They were presented with evidence by medical professionals that her condition was permanent. ...read more.

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If the patient's wishes are unknown, the surrogate should act in the patient's best interests for determining the appropriate course of action" (2007 Ascension Health). Michael proceeded and took steps to show that he did not want his wife suffering by obtaining medical advice from experts and making the big decision to remove Terri from life support system. I think Michael made the right decision because you can never understand how much pain and suffering someone is going through unless you are in their presence twenty four hours a day like he was. I understand Terri's parents are upset because the judge ruled in Michael's favor. Her parents have to understand that the judge let Michael make the decision because it was at the best interest of Terri's health in this case. The doctors deemed that her health was not going to improve. ...read more.

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