Madelinea Kara Neumann Case Summary
If medical professionals would have known about Madeline’s health status sooner, they would have been obligated to treat her due to her being near death. When the family members and friends of the family called 911, they were acting out of beneficence in an attempt to benefit Madeline and to get her medical attention. The ethical principle of autonomy also plays a role in this case as well. Madeline’s parents have autonomy in regards to how they chose to raise their children and their parenting choices. They do have the right to refuse medical treatments, unless their child is near death. Unfortunately it was too late for Madeline in this …show more content…
Ella Grace Foster died in 2016 due to untreated pneumonia as well. This family resided in Pennsylvania, and the parents were also charged with both involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. The parents decided not to seek medical treatment when their two year old became ill because according to them, seeking medical treatment would have been against their religion and it would have been frowned upon. Medical professionals stated that Ella would have had a 95% chance of survival with the proper medical treatment (Rubinkam, 2017).
What Stand Health Care Providers Should Take Ultimately, I believe that health care providers should want to treat pediatric patients that are near death regardless of their parent’s religious beliefs. People are in health care because they want to help others and they want to take care of others. I think that if medical professionals were aware of the Neumann case, the Schaible cases, and the Foster case, that these children would probably all be alive today. Health care providers are advocates for patients, especially pediatric patients who cannot always stand up for their selves.