Some people who may have debilitating and potentially fatal illnesses have Do not resusitate requests made and often written on their person to discourage doctors from resuscitating them either via def fibrillation or otherwise. Since this person is technically “dead”, when it comes to a prolife stance, is the doctor obligated to revive the patient or to honor their request?
I know the Church is pro life but that doesn’t mean they are anti-death either. For example, extreme measures like say that of Christopher Reeves before his death were just that…extreme. Unless it was per his request, I don’t think it was medically an obligation for him to be hooked up to that breathing machine for the few years he lived until his body completely failed even with the breathing apparatus. I’m not completely sure about the Catholic approach to medical ethics other than “do no harm” and “basic food and water” I know there is caring for the sick, but are all the potentially lifesaving methods morally necessary? If someone says she doesn’t want to get a surgery that could save her life but potentially cause serious damage as well, is she morally obligated to recieve it? Or can she refuse? Either she can possibly die on the operating table or they can go home and enjoy the little time tshe has left.
This is just hypotheitical btw. I’m taking emergency response classes and I was just wondering about that. They say if the person is conscious and you offer to give them CPR and they refuse, there isn’t much you can o without getting yourself a big fat lawsuit. Apparently doctors can get in trouble for saving someone’s life if that person has a DNR. Go figure.:shrug: