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  • Nancy Cruzan Court Case

    The Nancy Cruzan case was the first right-to-die case heard by SCOTUS.

  • End of Life: Advance Care Planning

    Advance care planning can play an important role in end-of-life care.

  • End of Life: Treatment Redirection

    What is the role of treatment direction in end-of-life care?

  • Saying Goodbye – The Terri Schiavo Case

    We struggled to say “Goodbye. We love you, Terri.”

  • The Case of Helga Wanglie – Futile Treatment

    Does the suggestion of withdrawal of life-sustaining technologies reflect moral decay in our culture?

  • The Case of Claire Conroy

      Must Patients Always Be Given Food and Water? An eighty-four-year-old non-ambulatory nursing home patient was confined to semi-fetal condition with “severe organic brain syndrome.” She had necrotic gangrenous leg ulcers and no bowel control. The patient was not in a vegetative state; her life expectancy could not be predicted but it was thought to…

  • Case Study – Our Pregnant Daughter Didn’t Want This.

    Is a healthcare directive legally in effect if the patient is pregnant?

  • Case Study – Matter of Quinlan

    Evidence in the case included statements the patient made earlier referring to her “distaste for continuance of life by extraordinary medical procedures.” These statements were deemed by the court as remote, impersonal and lacking trial “probative weight.” The trial court refused the order to withdraw life-supporting apparatus. The father/guardian appealed.

  • Case Study – What Should We Do? DNR for an Adult with Down Syndrome

    George is a twenty-three-year-old young man with Down’s syndrome, who lived independently in a group home. Unfortunately, an accident resulted in George suffering a severe brain injury, with no signs of consciousness after a year. He’s dependent upon a feeding tube.

  • Terri Schiavo — Five Years Later

    Reflections on the Terri Schiavo case.