me year. An attempt give an emergency motion to delay the procedure flopped and the guardian, ordered to oversee the termination of the sources of nutrition and hydration to the patient. This is according to an application by Robert and Mary Schiavo (2005) on behalf of their daughter.
How did this case reach the point one may ask, and the explanation is quite intriguing. The patient, Theresa Schiavo married Michael Schiavo in 1984 and they had six years of a normal marriage. Then in 1990, Theresa had a heart attack at the age of twenty-seven because of a potassium imbalance. She never regained consciousness until the present day because of her condition. She suffered a vegetative state all the while until her guardian decided to remove her status and euthanize her, causing her death. This is the point at which he differed with her parents, three years after her death.
They literarily stopped talking altogether because of his stand in the matter. In response, Michael put the matter in the hands of the court. A trial took place, at which sides, the parents, and the husband presented their cases. Thereafter, the court authorized the termination of the life supporting services that served Theresa. The court gathered the evidence and surmised that there was little hope that Theresa would come out of her state. It also stated that Theresa herself would suggest the termination of these services if she had been conscious at the time.
The severity of her condition assessed by the district court damned her chances to get a stay in the motion. According to Senate amendment (2003), she was in a permanent state of vegetative sleep. She could not wake up and her brain had almost lost all function. Since the heart attack, it had been steadily deteriorating due to lack of oxygen. The cerebral cortex sustained so much damage that at some points, spinal fluid replaced it in big quantities. This condition was incurable by human medicine, at least not yet. It would take...