Beth Israel Medical Center neurologist Dr. Russell Portenoy explains the medical justification for removing the feeding tube from Terri Schiavo. He describes what will happen to the patient in a persistent vegetative state once the tube has been removed.
Dr. Russell Portenoy of the Beth Israel Medical Center explains the condition of Terri Schiavo's brain. He discusses what kind of care patients in persistent vegetative states should receive.
Dr. Robert George of Princeton University objects to withholding nutrition and hydration from Terri Schiavo, a patient in a persistent vegetative state. Dr. George references the 1970s case of Karen Ann Quinlan.
The goal of advanced directives is to ensure that the wishes of the patient are carried out. Dr. Portenoy, a neurologist, explains why there is so much certainty about the degree of brain damage in Terri Schiavo.
The preponderance of the evidence of the condition of Terri Schiavo's brain raises very few doubts about her ability to somehow revive from her persistent vegetative state. Dr. Robert George raises legal and moral questions surrounding the decision to withhold nutrition and hydration from Schiavo.
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Many who followed the Terri Schiavo case struggled to make sense of the flurry of opinions it generated. This NewsHour program, recorded during the last days of Terri Schiavo’s life, presents two opposing yet thoroughly reasoned perspectives on the issues. Beth Israel Medical Center neurologist Dr. Russell Portenov explains the medical justification for removing the feeding tube, while Dr. Robert George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University and a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, raises legal and moral questions surrounding the decision. Keeping its focus on the Schiavo controversy, the program also explores implications for other potential end-of-life situations. (14 minutes)
Length: 13 minutes
Copyright date: ©2005
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