Module 11 Right To Die Case

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Module 11 Right to Die Medical Law and Ethics This case is about this woman named Nancy Cruzan was injured in a car accident in which, she was left in a vegetative state. The only thing that was keeping her alive was a feeding tube. The family left it in for about 6 months, hoping that her vegetative state would improve and they could take their daughter home. But once they saw that their little girl wasn’t improving, they told the hospital to take the feeding tube out and let their daughter die and be at peace. The state then ordered the hospital to keep it in so that they can have a trial in which the family had to prove this is what Nancy Cruzan would have wanted if she was able to make the decision for herself. The court wasn’t…show more content…
The Cruzan’s then appealed but, they appealed to the U.S Federal Supreme Court in which, instead of the Court commenting Nancy and the decision, they later decided that the State had no business involved in this predicament and that will not lead to a slippery slope of mental patients wanting the same. In addition, the Cruzans’ brought evidence, through her friends, that she wouldn’t have wanted to stay on life support like this. Nancy was then taken off life support December 14, 1990 and later died on December 26, 1990. Her parents, however, believed she had died a long time ago. References: * Law, B. (2014, January 1). Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health | Casebriefs. Casebriefs. Retrieved June 18, 2014, from * Court and the End of Life - The Case Of Nancy Cruzan. (2014, January 1). - Missouri, Supreme, Evidence, and Feeding. Retrieved June 18, 2014, from * Felce, D., & Perry, J. (1995, January 16). Quality of Life. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved June 19, 2014, from
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