HS 101 Purdue University Global Medical Law and Bioethics Case Analysis

Description

Read the Case in Point: Terri Schiavo and Case in Point: Angela Carder, found in Chapter 8 of your textbook. After reading the case, please respond to the questions below. Be sure to include facts from the textbook as well as other sources to support your conclusions. Provide in- text citations and a reference list.

Questions to answer:

  1. There are four types of advance directives listed in your text. Please list and describe them. Identify the type of advance directive Terri Schiavo could have used to avoid the legal battles surrounding the end of her life.
  2. Explain the difference between withholding and withdrawing treatment. Which method was used to end Terri Schiavo’s life?
  3. In the case of Angela Carder, what type of tort might have been committed (assault, battery, fraud, defamation of character, false imprisonment, or invasion of privacy)? Why?
  4. What ethical violations might have taken place in the case of Angela Carder? Be specific, using ethical principles and theories introduced in Unit 1.

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Case Study: Terri Schiavo

In the landmark case of Terri Schiavo, the ethical dilemma of withdrawing life support was put on trial. Terri suffered irreversible brain damage due to self-inflicted malnutrition. She was placed on life support and went through several years of therapy. After 15 years, her husband’s court-appointed doctors determined that she would most likely not recover and her life support should be discontinued. Terri did not have a living will, so the courts did not have a legal document on which to base a decision. Terri’s parents argued that life support and therapy efforts should be continued. The case became a media sensation and resulted in the removal, reinsertion, and then final removal of the feeding tube. An autopsy after her death showed that brain damage was much more severe than they had originally suspected and that recovery would most likely not have occurred. Without a living will, the decision to withdraw life support can be fraught with legal and ethical complications (Schindler v. Schiavo, 2001).

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