Terri Schiavo, who had an eating disorder, went into cardiac arrest on February 25, 1990. The arrest was brought on by severe hypokalemia caused by her eating disorder. Secondary to the arrest, severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy developed, and in the following months, she displayed no signs of higher cortical function (Quill, 2005). Mrs. Schiavo's husband first asked for the removal of her feeding tube in 1998, and her parents were against it. The case was taken up by the Florida legislature and a state law was passed and signed by Gov. Jeb Bush to pass a state law that allowed courts to reverse an earlier order and feed her against the wishes of her husband. The law was ...
This 359 word solution provides a review of two cases involving medical ethics associated with the legal definition of death and the appropriate removal of life support.