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This has led to outrage, especially if decisions were made to terminate hydration and nutrition. "He'll lie there and suffer, unable to moan or groan or call for help and they won't notice. File on 4 is on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 21 June at 2000 BST and Sunday 26 June at 1700 BST. As with vegetative state, a continuing minimally conscious state means it's lasted longer than 4 weeks. Thus, for example, if an elderly person suffering from a malady that renders him incompetent and incapable of engaging in human acts should suffer a cut artery and be in danger of dying because of loss of blood, it would surely be morally obligatory to stop the bleeding by appropriate means. In most cases, they will require catheterization, a feeding tube, and oftentimes, a tracheotomy tube. Consistent nursing care is a must; this means thousands of dollars in specialized medical care. The universal Magisterium of the Church has not specifically addressed this issue. 2See Council on Scientific Affairs and Council of Ethical and Judicial Affairs, Persistent Vegetative State and the Decision to Withdraw or Withhold Life Support, in "Journal of the American Medical Association" 263 (January 19, 1990) 427: "Abrupt loss of consciousness usually consists of an acute sleep-like state of unarousability called coma that may be followed either by varying degrees of cognitive and physical recovery or by severe, chronic neurological impairment. PVS has become marked by ethical and medical dilemmas, often, if not always, requiring legal assistance. Professor Derick Wade, consultant in neurological rehabilitation, believes it is crucial to inform families of this and all of the options open to them at every stage. For the present I can simply say that this document clearly indicates that medical treatments judged, on objective grounds, to impose grave burdens either upon the subject being treated or his family or, indeed, the human community of which the subject is a member, are not morally required and hence can be legitimately withheld or withdrawn. My collaborators and I concluded that, ordinarily, it is morally obligatory to provide food artificially to permanently unconscious persons.6 Here, in order to defend, clarify, and amplify the position developed in that essay I will first (1) articulate criteria justifying the decision to withhold or withdraw treatments from human persons. I just have to turn my mind off because it affects me so much," she says. John Paul II Institute for the Studies of Marriage and Family at. 13O'Rourke, Evolution of Church Teaching on the Prolongation of Life, 32. Now in his 50s, all that is left of his adventurous past are the photographs on the wall. We must not forget the needs of families caring for a loved one in a "vegetative" state. O'Rourke correctly interprets the teaching of Pius XII when he says that a means is extraordinary if it imposes a grave burden on a person and prevents him from pursuing the spiritual goal of life. Erroneous criteria for judging means "extraordinary" or "disproportionate", In the previous section I called attention to Pope Pius XII's address to anesthesiologists not only because it is an important magisterial document relevant to identifying criteria necessary for distinguishing between "ordinary" (=morally obligatory) and "extraordinary" (=morally elective) means of treatment but also because one interpretation of a singularly important passage from this document has been used by several theologians to justify withholding or withdrawing artificially provided food from persons in the "persistent vegetative state.". "I think it's very traumatic for the families, it's quite a long, drawn-out process. They may open their eyes, wake up and fall asleep at regular intervals and have basic reflexes. O'Rourke's position is in large measure rooted in his understanding of the passage from Pope Pius XII's address that we have already examined, in particular, that portion of his talk in which Pius said that excessively burdensome treatments would "render the attainment of the higher, more important good too difficult" and that "life, health, all temporal activities are in fact subordinated to spiritual ends." "1 From the perspective of medicine, individuals in this condition are not comatose. The Catholic University of America (5) Pennsylvania Conference of Catholic Bishops, Nutrition and Hydration: Moral Considerations (January 14, 1992) in "Origins: NC News Service" 21 (January 30, 1992) 542-553. Withdrawal of feeding tubes raises ethical questions, as level of consciousness is difficult to diagnose (Wade, 2001, p. 352). 7Pope Pius XII, The Prolongation of Life: Allocution to the International Congress of Anesthesiologists (November 24, 1957), in "The Pope Speaks" 4 (1958) 396. and Tube Feeding, in "Parameters in Health Care" 10 (Winter, 1985) 8-11; The A.M.A. She has not had a holiday for more than 21 years. Talking to vegetative state patients can help recovery TALKING to loved ones in a vegetative state may not be a waste of time as new research showed they are more aware than previously thought. Each person will respond differently to this challenge, but almost everyone can cope and move forward. Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life. The N.J. Bishops concluded that "nutrition and hydration are basic to human life and consequently must always be provided to a patient" (584). Rather, he outlined a general approach that seems clear enough, but one which obviously needs interpretation and requires further specification. Mr David's family believe he felt his wife had suffered enough. In some cases a minimally conscious state is a stage on the route to recovery, but in others it's permanent. Iain is thought to be the longest surviving vegetative state patient in the UK, an unenviable record. "Picture yourself in that situation. A stricter obligation would be too burdensome for most men and would render the attainment of the higher, more important good too difficult. Caring for Patients in a Persistent Vegetative State. Terri Schiavo was an unfortunate young woman who suffered a cardiac arrest many years ago with subsequent brain damage from lack of oxygen. 4In their Pastoral Letter of January 14, 1992, Nutrition and Hydration: Moral Considerations, in "Origins: NC News Service" 21 (January 30, 1992) 547, the Bishops of Pennsylvania ably summarize the different ways of supplying nourishment to the unconscious. 5Here I will briefly summarize the positions taken by representative bishops of the United States, either as individuals or as members of state or national conferences. 6. It is to be noted that 2 of the 18 bishop members of the Texas Conference refused to sign the document. Statement on Tube Feeding: An Ethical Analysis, "America" 155 (November 22, 1986) 321-323, 331 (an essay reprinted by the Society for the Right to Die, an advocacy group for legalizing euthanasia, in its newsletter); Different Viewpoints: Should Nutrition and Hydration Be Provided to Permanently Unconscious and Other Mentally Disabled Persons? Can someone in a vegetative state dream? In December 2008 he took her out of hospital, parked their car in the garage of their home and left the engine running. Statements representative of a committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and of state conferences of Catholic Bishops are the following: (1) National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1995), directive 58: "There should be a presumption in favor of providing nutrition and hydration to all patients, including patients who require medically assisted nutrition and hydration, as long as this is of sufficient benefit to outweigh the burdens involved to the patient.". The rest of us must not abandon these families, but reach out to give them every possible assis-tance so they will not face their burdens alone. The first is an important address of Pope Pius XII in 1957, when he spoke to a congress of anesthesiologists. The recovery is usually considered impossible, especially after it has progressed to the condition known as permanent vegetative state. Did you feel you were given enough information about the burden of caring for someone … O'Rourke claims that the Pope's emphasis on the spiritual goal of life, specifies more clearly the terms "ordinary" and "extraordinary." It referred to the traditional distinction between "ordinary" and "extraordinary" means of preserving life, noting that the imprecision of these terms is the cause of some ambiguity and that, therefore, some more recent writers had suggested that the term "proportionate" be used to designate means that are morally obligatory and that the term "disproportionate" be used to designate means which are not morally obligatory. In addition, many people have had to leave their jobs or cut back on hours in … "Then I have a last look at him at quarter to one in the morning, and if he's sleeping, I'm fine then and I go to sleep myself. Unfortunately, her whole family has been torn apart by the co… "I leave him in the bath about 20 minutes, take him out all dripping wet and helpless, put him onto the bed and dry him, and then I cut his nails," she says. In this section you can find out about the experience of having a relative in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. A vegetative state is when someone is awake but is showing no signs of awareness. Patients who are in comas, or persistent vegetative states, require extensive care. A true coma, which is never permanent, is a state of "unarousable unresponsiveness" which may last as long as six months but will eventually resolve itself into another state.2 The person may emerge into consciousness (of varying degrees) or sink into the "persistent vegetative state," and it may take a long time, even months, to make a correct diagnosis of the patient's true condition. This interpretation, or in my judgment, misinterpretation of the teaching of Pius XII has been advanced in particular by Kevin O'Rourke, OP, in several very influential essays dealing with the care of permanently unconscious persons.11 A view very similar to O'Rourke's, although different in some respects, has been set forth by James Walter and Thomas V. Shannon.12 Here I will simply recount O'Rourke's position insofar as on the matters to be taken up Walter and Shannon are in agreement with him. Therefore, if it is to be used for longer periods, it is done by inserting a tube into the central nervous system....This method of nutrition carries with it greater risks of complications.". I will return to this problem below, in commenting on views which I deem unacceptable and indeed dangerous. (3) New Jersey State Catholic Conference, Friend-of-court Brief to New Jersey Supreme Court, entitled Providing Food and Fluids to Severely Brain Damaged Patients" (November 3, 1987) in "Origins: NC News Service" 16 (1987) 582-584. In elaborating these criteria several document of the Church's Magisterium are quite relevant. There are now several cases where patients diagnosed as being in PVS have subsequently regained consciousness. On the other hand, one is not forbidden to take more than the strictly necessary steps to preserve life and health so long as he does not fail in some more important duty.7. A major document of the Magisterium relevant to our question is the Declaration on Euthanasia issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1980. IV. A central problem in interpreting this statement of Pope Pius XII, as will be seen, has to do with the proper way of understanding what he meant when he said that life, i.e., bodily, physical life, is subordinated to "spiritual ends." Patients usually progress from a coma to either a minimally conscious or vegetative state, and these states can last a few weeks, months or years. Other U.S. Bishops and conferences (e.g., the Conferences of Washington, Florida, and Bishop John Myer of Peoria) have likewise issued documents on this question, but those noted here are representative. CARING FOR PERSONS IN THE “PERSISTENT VEGETATIVE STATE” AND POPE JOHN PAUL II’S MARCH 20 2004 ADDRESS “ON LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENTS AND THE VEGETATIVE STATE” * William E. May. On recovery from the coma state, VS/UWS is characterised by the return of arousal without signs of awareness. In contrast, a coma is a state that lacks both awareness and wakefulness. Also see the separate article Coma. For Tudor David, 65, the delays involved in an application to the court to allow his wife Diane to die after a road accident left her in a vegetative state proved too much. First of all, such persons, even including those in the "persistent vegetative state," can be fed orally provided that the swallowing reflex is sufficiently unimpaired. This is a good example of an unanswerable question, because: 1. Many of us have heard through the media about the trials of Terri Schiavo and her family. "For some clinicians [the withdrawal of nutrition to allow a patient to die] is not morally acceptable. (4) Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops, On Withdrawing Artificial Nutrition and Hydration (May 7, 1990) in "Origins: NC News Service" 20 (1990) 53-55. "Extraordinary" means would seem to be those means which are optional because they are ineffective or a grave burden in helping a person strive for the spiritual purpose of life.13. I think it could help streamline things.". This document concluded: "We hold for a presumption in favor of providing medically assisted nutrition and hydration to patients who need it, which presumption would yield in cases where such procedures have no medically reasonable hope of sustaining life or pose excessive risks or burdens" (at 711). If they should fall sick or be otherwise in danger of death, they surely have a right to "ordinary" care, and others have a serious moral responsibility to protect and preserve their lives unless the efforts to do so are futile or excessively burdensome. At that point the outcome for her was unclear." As a young, proud, super-fit marine, it is a life he never would have wanted. The "persistent vegetative state" is a form of deep unconsciousness. Such means are surely "ordinary" or "proportionate." Culture of Life Foundation 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 1210 Washington, D.C. 20036 Voice: 202-331-9800 Fax: 202-331-9540 E-mail: [email protected], This item 3481 digitally provided courtesy of CatholicCulture.org. There are situations in which this is not the case, but those are the exceptions and should not be made into the rule" (550). This may be done when the gastrointestinal tract is not intact or does not function. 3See Ronald Cranford, The Persistent Vegetative State: The Medical Reality (Getting the Facts Straight), in "Hastings Center Report" 18 (February-March, 1988) 27-32. However, their condition has stabilized and they are not in any immediate danger of death so long as they are given appropriate "food," which can be provided to them "artificially" by means of tubes.4. A vegetative state, or unaware and unresponsive state, is a specific neurological diagnosis in which a person has a functioning brain stem but no consciousness or cognitive function. This can be accomplished by means of a nasogastric (through the nose and into the stomach) or nasoduodenal (through the nose and into the upper end of the small bowel) tube or it can also be done through a gastronomy (an opening directly into the stomach) or jejunostomy (an opening into the upper part of the small bowel). Professor Turner-Stokes hopes the team's work will ultimately help improve the process which the David family and others believe has let them down. The damage left him blind, incontinent and unable to move or communicate. In setting forth these criteria I will also criticize criteria proposed by influential Catholic theologians because of their inadequacies. 6See William E. May, Robert Barry, Orville Griese, Germain Grisez, Brian Johnstone, Thomas J. Marzen, Bishop James T. McHugh, Gilbert Meilaender, Mark Siegler, William B. Smith, Feeding and Hydrating the Permanently Unconscious and Other Vulnerable Persons, in "Issues in Law & Medicine" 3 (Winter, 1987) 203-217. While unequivocally condemning as absolutely immoral suicide and all forms of euthanasia, whether by acts of commission or by acts of omission, this document reaffirmed traditional Catholic teaching that one is not obliged to use all possible means to preserve and prolong human life. The precise significance of these statements will be explored in depth later on. A patient is considered in a vegetative state when he or she is awake but not showing signs of awareness, according to the Mayo Clinic. A person may enter a minimally conscious state after being in a coma or vegetative state. This high profile and ethically challenging form of coma has thousands of web pages devoted to it, some crankier than others. The lives of the Pistorius family centered around caring for Martin. She is concerned that even when families have made an informed decision to withdraw treatment and allow their loved-one to die, the court process involved can be beset with lengthy, yet easily avoidable, delays. However, those caring for them will at times prefer not to use this method even when it can be used because it can be so terribly time-consuming for care-givers who may already have many patients to care for. Read about our approach to external linking. 1It is in my opinion unfortunate that the expression "persistent vegetative state" has been employed to describe the condition of human persons. Life, health, all temporal activities are in fact subordinated to spiritual ends. While caring for a person in a vegetative or minimally conscious state is an enormous challenge, use of appropriate resources, as described above, can be a big help. The upper part of the brain, the cerebrum, gives evidence of impaired or failed operation. Many people, including some seriously handicapped children and mentally impaired adults, are incapable of pursuing the spiritual goal of life. 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Caring for Persons in the . 1. (2) U.S. Bishops Pro-Life Committee, "Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Reflections" (April 2 1992) in "Origins: NC News Service" 21 (April 9, 1992) 705-712. A persistent vegetative state (PVS) or post-coma unresponsiveness (PCU) is a disorder of consciousness in which patients with severe brain damage are in a state of partial arousal rather than true awareness.After four weeks in a vegetative state (VS), the patient is classified as in a persistent vegetative state. A few families also try home care (see ‘Caring … Michael J. McGivney Professor of Moral Theology. in "Issues in Law & Medicine" 5 (1989) 181-196; Open Letter to Bishop McHugh: Father Kevin O'Rourke on Hydration and Nutrition, in "Origins: NC News Service" 19 (October 26, 1989) 351-352. How the burden of caring for a patient in a vegetative state changes in relation to different coping strategies. Without Advance Directives, treatment decisions for patients with Persistent Vegetative State are left to healthcare professionals and families. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}As the Royal College of Physicians begins a review of the diagnosis and care of people in a vegetative state, the BBC asks whether the current system is failing patients and their families. Parenteral (outside the bowel) feeding refers to the supplying of nourishment intravenously. This document came to a conclusion opposite to that reached by the Pennsylvania Bishops and the U.S. Bishops Pro-Life Committee. Absence of awareness can only be inferred by lack of responsiveness to the environment and not as lack of consciousness that we may not be able to detect by behavioural measures. There have been a total of 43 applications since 1992, all of which have been granted. "Personally I'd like to see some clarity about what the pathway is. It's awful.". 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