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Assignment: Healing And Autonomy
Assignment: Healing And Autonomy
In addition to the topic study materials, use the chart you completed and questions you answered in the Topic 3 about “Case Study: Healing and Autonomy” as the basis for your responses in this assignment.
Answer the following questions about a patient’s spiritual needs in light of the Christian worldview.
- In 200-250 words, respond to the following: Should the physician allow Mike to continue making decisions that seem to him to be irrational and harmful to James, or would that mean a disrespect of a patient’s autonomy? Explain your rationale.
- In 400-500 words, respond to the following: How ought the Christian think about sickness and health? How should a Christian think about medical intervention? What should Mike as a Christian do? How should he reason about trusting God and treating James in relation to what is truly honoring the principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence in James’s care?
- In 200-250 words, respond to the following: How would a spiritual needs assessment help the physician assist Mike determine appropriate interventions for James and for his family or others involved in his care?
Healing and Autonomy in a Case Study
James and Samuel, identical twins born eight years ago, are the children of Mike and Joanne.
James is currently in kidney failure due to acute glomerulonephritis.
James was admitted to the hospital after experiencing difficulties from a strep throat infection.
Kidney failure resulted from the spread of the A streptococcus infection.
James’ illness was critical enough that he needed to be treated right away.
Acute glomerulonephritis caused by strep infection usually improves on its own or with antibiotic treatment.
James, on the other hand, had high blood pressure and a significant amount of fluid buildup that necessitated temporary dialysis to alleviate.
The attending physician advised that dialysis be started right away.
Following considerable discussion with Joanne, Mike informs the doctors that they will skip dialysis in favor of putting their confidence in God.
Mike and Joanne had been inspired by a sermon their pastor had given a week before, and they had also seen a close friend regain mobility after a terrible stroke when she was prayed over at a healing service.
Instead of putting James through numerous rounds of dialysis, they decided to take him to a faith healing session right away.
Despite this, Mike and Joanne agreed to return to the hospital after the faith healing services later that week in the hopes that James would be healed.
The family returned two days later, and James’ condition had deteriorated to the point where he needed dialysis.
Mike’s decision not to treat James sooner confused and disturbed him.
Was he lacking in faith?
Was it God or James who was being punished?
To make matters worse, James’ kidneys had degenerated to the point where dialysis was no longer an option and he required a kidney transplant.
Mike and Joanne, distraught and desperate, offered to donate one of their kidneys to James right away, but they were incompatible donors.
During the next few weeks, some of their close friends and church members offered to donate a kidney to James, despite the fact that he was on dialysis every day.
None of them, however, were tissue matches.
Mike and Joanne were contacted by James’ nephrologist to set up a private appointment with him.
Given daily dialysis, James was stable, but he would need a kidney transplant within a year.
Given the urgency of the situation, the nephrologist notified Mike and Joanne of a potential donor—James’ brother Samuel—who was an ideal tissue match but had not yet been evaluated.
Mike is undecided about whether he should have his other son Samuel lose a kidney or wait for God to perform a miracle this time.
Perhaps this is where his faith will be put to the ultimate test?
“What could require greater faith than a matter of life and death this time around?”
Mike explains himself.
Week 3 | Christian Narratives on Biomedical Ethics
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The Christian Narrative as a Case Study in Biomedical Ethics
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The deadline is February 19, 2017 at 23:59:59.
200 points maximum
Analyze “Case Study: Healing and Autonomy” in 1,200-1,500 words.
Make sure to answer the following questions in light of the readings:
What are the most pressing challenges in this case study, according to the Christian story and vision?
Should the doctor allow Mike to continue making irrational and potentially damaging decisions to James?
How should this case be analyzed in light of the Christian story and the discussion of treatment rejection, patient autonomy, and organ donation in the topic readings?
How should a Christian think about sickness and health, according to the topic readings and lecture?
As a Christian, what should Mike do?
How should he justify his faith in God and his treatment of James?
Prepare this work in accordance with the APA Style Guide, which may be found in the Student Success Center.
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Please study the rubric before beginning the assignment to ensure that you understand the requirements for a successful completion.
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