The ethics behind individuals who wind up in vegetative states have been argued on for quite some time. In their new blog post, Mackenzie Graham summarizes the study of an individual who had been physically unresponsive for over a decade, but still remained cognitively functional. They also explore the topic of quality of life as it pertains to happiness and how despite being restrained on a physical level, the ability to experience the world in a sensory aspect still exists.

Key Takeaways:

  • Happiness of the patient should always be considered when assessing an individual who is physically unable to move
  • Physical limitations don’t interfere with many different activities and hobbies we share in life
  • When the topic of death arises, the patient would need to possess 100% capability for high level decision making

“The ability to distinguish CMD from vegetative patients could save lives worth living.”

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