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Case Study Analysis: Ethical Issues
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Case Study Analysis: Ethical Issues (Add Student’s Name) (Add Tutor’s Name) (Add Date) Case Study Analysis: Ethical Issues 1. The given case study addresses compelling rights of a minor patient, his parents, and physicians. In this case context, Tyrell Dueck (the 14 year old patient) and his parents refuses the medically prescribed leg amputation on the ground of their religious beliefs.
However, the government changed its laws regarding the rights of minor patients recently; and at present, a competent minor patient has the right to refuse any treatment proposed for him. In addition, parents have many rights over their children, especially when their child is a minor. The case scenario clearly tells that Tyrell is a competent 14 year old boy and he and his parents are devout fundamentalist Christians. They jointly decided to refuse the planned leg amputation and leave his death in God’s hands. Similarly, physicians have also a set of rights over their patients. A physician has the ultimate right to decide which treatment option would be the best for a particular patient. Hence, the case reflects various stakeholders’ rights from different perspectives. 2. From my view point, the rights of Tyrell’s parents should take precedence since US constitutional rights allow parents to make decisions on behalf of their children. “The US Supreme Court recognized that parents possess the requisite knowledge and experience to make decisions for their children” (as cited in O’Connor, 2009). Hence, it must be noted that the parents’ decision is not against Tyrell’s interest. ...
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