The Terri Schiavo Case

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The case of Terri Schiavo brought attention to the debate over the right-to-die. On both sides of the debate, people from around the world, including the Vatican, weighed in with their opinion and viewpoints. There was no correct answer and no easy answer about if Terri Schiavo should live, with the requirements of extensive long-term care, or if she should die, presuming her informal conversation she had with Michael Schiavo about life-saving and prolonging were enough to make the decision final. This research paper will review how Terri Schiavo, Michael Schiavo, the Schindlers, the international attention and the State of Florida statutes played a role in a landmark decision involving Terri Schiavo’s end-of-life decision.

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She could breathe on her own, but was incapable of feeding herself. A feeding tube was inserted to provide her nutrition and hydration. In June 1990, Michael Schiavo petitioned and was granted guardianship of Terri Schiavo. Since Terri had no advanced directive, the Florida Statutes provides the spouse a higher priority in determining who will make the healthcare decisions (Florida Legislature, 2017). Michael made the decision to take Terri to California to try an experimental brain surgery to insert a thalamic stimulator. The outcome of the surgery was not as promising as he had hoped. She was transferred back to a rehabilitation center in Florida, where they continued the aggressive occupational therapy and neurological testing. Terri could communicate a few words, like “stop”, “no”, and …show more content…
Would my spouse allow me to only receive the care I have requested in the event of becoming incapacitated? Will my spouse exhaust all life-saving treatment options for my recovery? When an emotional decision is required on one’s behalf, it be difficult to ensure their loved one’s wishes are met. An advanced directive is a means to communicate their healthcare wishes to their providers. An advanced directive is a “legal document that specifics an individual’s healthcare wishes in the event that he or she has a temporary or permanent loss of competence.” (M. S. Brodnik,

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