Dr. Messenger's Case Study Of Impairment

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Infants are the result of unprotected sexual interactions. Whether they are planned or unplanned, they are still human beings that are protected under the law. However, there are some infants that become impaired while they are still in their fetus stages. Whether the impairment occurs from biological factors or by environmental factors, it can still result in a long-term, suffering condition that will have great effect on the fetus when it becomes a fetus. In Dr. Messenger’s case, he believed that he was relieving the infant from long term suffering by letting his son die peacefully. Four questions are given regarding the father, son, and doctors in the situation. According to the scenario, Messenger’s son was going to suffer from brain damage due to a severe lack of oxygen. Had Messenger allowed for the child to live, the child would have suffered “the injury of continued existence.” In the decision it states “…the baby had a 14 percent blood oxygen level… five minutes at less-than-50-percent level is enough to damage the brain” (Munson and Lague, p. 562). This statement was…show more content…
If the situation centers around the Messengers and the doctors being at odds regarding the treatment of the child, then the Messengers would be allowed the final say in how the child was treated, in this case it was either let the child live or let the child die. The Messengers are allowed to evoke their right of paternalism, which allows the self-determining adults or parents decide what is best for the infant. According to H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., “the physician’s role is to present sufficient information in a usable form to the parents to aid them in making a decision” (Engelhardt. Jr., page 556). It is not the role of the physician to make decisions for the parents and child when the physician is not the one who will have to live with the

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