Applying Ethics in Practice

The lady in this particular medical case study has found herself in a serious predicament that many older individuals have to face at a certain time in their lives. She cannot speak, she needs a feeding tube, she will not take her medicine, and she is becoming increasingly dehydrated. It does not take a genius to tell that this lady wishes she would go ahead and move on from this human life than to be subjected to the type of treatment she is being given, even though the treatment in question is being given to saving her life.
On one hand, the general public feels sorry for her, wishing she would somehow but gently be put out of her misery naturally and with no pain or illegal activities. On the other hand, the general public struggles with the idea that this lady may be better off is she is ‘helped’ out of her misery and allowed to move on, especially if it is her own personal wish to do so (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 2000 and The Humanist 1996).
This is a rather complicated ethical matter, with many individuals teetering in the middle, refusing to make a choice one way or the other, and avoiding the whole question altogether unless they had to face that own situation one day either with themselves or a loved one. No one wants to find him- or herself in a situation like that (Routledge 2001 and the Hastings Center Report 1993).&nbsp.&nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp. If treatment were to be stopped, the lady’s caregivers know for sure that she would die.&nbsp. This means that stopping treatment would fall under the category of assisted suicide.