The Landmark Cases That Involve Euthanasia Essay example
Ann Quinlan. Quinlan, a twenty-one year old New Jersey resident, overdosed
on pills and alcohol in 1975. She was rushed to the hospital where her
physical condition gradually deteriorated to a vegetative state. The
doctors determined she had no chance of recovery. Before the coma Karen
said that if anything ever happened that would leave her physically and
mentally incompetent, without any chance of recovery, she would not want to
be kept alive by "extraordinary medical procedures," notes Derek Humphry.
Karen 's parents sought religious counsel from their priest. They were told
that the Catholic religion allows the removal of extraordinary care if the
patient was in a terminal condition. Karen 's parents requested she be
removed from the respirator. The hospital denied their request. The
Quinlans then directed their request to the court. The superior court
denied their request. They took their request to the New Jersey Supreme
court where the decision was reversed. Karen was removed from the
respirator. To everyone 's surprise, Karen began breathing on her own and
lived another ten years (Humphry 107).
The Quinlan case brought to the forefront patients ' desire to die a
proud, quiet death. It also brought to the forefront the complications
caused by the advancement of medical technology ("Euthanasia"27).
Euthanasia has been practiced in Eastern…