Complicated Medical Issues: Are Doctors Allowed to Do Everything What’s Medical Possible Without the Willing of the Patient?

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Ashley was born with static encephalopathy that means she can’t sit or walk and she will stay on a mental level of a three month old child. Ashley can perceive her environment and music. Her parents have to carry her everywhere they want to go (to the bathroom, to her caddy or to the car). Eating is only possible by a lens barrel. When she was growing up her parents had some fears. What would happen, when Ashley would become too big and heavy to carry her and that it wouldn’t be possible to care for her at home alone. So the parents decided to contact a hospital in Seattle and asked for possibilities to stop/limit her growing and avert her puberty. The treatment includes some different aspects. One aspect was that the uterus was removed to …show more content…
Ashley was born with static encephalopathy that means she can’t sit or walk and she will stay on a mental level of a three month old child. Ashley can perceive her environment and music. Her parents have to carry her everywhere they want to go (to the bathroom, to her caddy or to the car). Eating is only possible by a lens barrel. When she was growing up her parents had some fears. What would happen, when Ashley would become too big and heavy to carry her and that it wouldn’t be possible to care for her at home alone. So the parents decided to contact a hospital in Seattle and asked for possibilities to stop/limit her growing and avert her puberty. The treatment includes some different aspects. One aspect was that the uterus was removed to avert menstruation and sexual development. Second was a removal of nascent breast buds to prevent development. And she also underwent an appendectomy. Last aspect was an intense therapy with estrogen to limit her growth. The parents argued that it’s easier to care for her when she stays little. With these actions the usual complications of bedridden patients (furuncle of laying, pneumonia or bladder infections) should be minimized. An also interesting fact is, that the parents wanted to stay anonymous.
So in this case we have not only an ethical dilemma, we also have to look at legal aspects and even economic aspects. The main issue in this case is, are doctors allowed to do everything what’s medical possible without the willing of the

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