Case Study Medical Case

Decent Essays
Non-moral facts, moral principles and moral problems, what do they all have in common? The answer to this particular question is that these factors are used to make a decision.Decision making may arise in a multitude of different situations. However, the focus will be directed towards medical case study. From the medical case study, an eleven year old boy named Jimmy T. The clinical issues he faces is that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and an incurable neurological disease. Similarly, the prognosis of his lymphoma without treatment is that Jimmy would die within six months. However, if Jimmy's cancer was treated, he would only have less than a twenty percent chance of the treatment to be an effective cure. Moreover, Jimmy's life would only be able to be extended by an additional three to six months. Unfortunately, even if Jimmy's lymphoma is cured, the prognosis for his incurable neurological disease would only enable him to live to the age of twenty but slowly lose his basic human functions. Consequently, if…show more content…
Moreover, these three moral principles are autonomy, beneficence and utility. Subsequently, autonomy has relevance to this case is because of the choices of what should happen to Jimmy which can be from what Jimmy's preference is or what his parent's want.The second principle, beneficence, is relevant to the case because it deals with the harm or help that can be done to Jimmy depending whether or not the doctor will treat Jimmy. Lastly, utility is relevant to the case due to the fact that the treatment given to Jimmy may or may not benefit not only Jimmy but other people as well. Ultimately, from the moral principles, the central moral problem is who gets to make the decision of whether Jimmy receives treatment or not. Furthermore, the three principles greatly tie into the moral problem because they are factors that would be considered in order to find a proper
Get Access