. App. 1989). She now lies in the Mount Vernon State Hospital. 2d 124 (1962); In re Clark, 21 Ohio Op.2d 86, 185 N.E.2d 128 (Ohio Comm.Pleas 1962); Mitchell v. Davis, 205 S.W.2d 812 (Tex.Civ.App.1947). Yet, several years ago, a respected judge needed extraordinary treatment which the hospital in which he was a patient was not willing to furnish without a huge advance deposit, and the state apparently had no desire to help out. 2d 160 (Fla.Dist.Ct.App.1978) to recognize a right to privacy in medical treatment decisions); Matter of Quinlan, 70 N.J. 10, 355 A.2d 647 (1976); Matter of Welfare of Colyer, 99 Wash. 2d 114, 660 P.2d 738 (1983); Rasmussen by Mitchell v. Fleming, 154 Ariz. 207, 741 P.2d 674 (1987). 1989 Dec;16(6):487-9. As the parties carefully pointed out in their thoughtful briefs, this issue is a broad one, invoking consideration of the authority of guardians of incompetent wards, the public policy of Missouri with regard to the termination of life-sustaining treatment and the amorphous mass of constitutional rights generally described as the "right to liberty", "the right to privacy", equal protection and due process. denied, 371 U.S. 890, 83 S. Ct. 189, 9 L. Ed. A CAT scan showed no significant abnormalities of her brain. The court stated the issue, "whether or not the state can insist that a person in a vegetative state incapable of intelligent sensation, whose condition is irreversible, may be required to submit to medical care under circumstances in which the patient prefers not to do so." [1] Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 93 S. Ct. 705, 35 L. Ed. [2] In a case where there is a tie vote of the regular members of the court the result below should be affirmed. "Her husband took her to his grandmother's home where she was served by round the clock professional nursing care. 184 Cal.App.3d 961 - BARTLING v. GLENDALE ADVENTIST MEDICAL CENTER, Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Five. Abstract: This article addresses the issues raised by the case involving Nancy Cruzan and her family's tragic dilemma. I dissent, respectfully, from the order denying a rehearing. She was employed on either the 3 to 11 or the graveyard shift at Schreiber Foods. Apparently Nancy's car ran off the road and overturned several times. A third test, characterized as the pure objective test, is operable where there is no evidence of the patient's desires as to life sustaining treatment. *438 Because New Jersey broke the first ground in this area, its cases deserve particular attention. Cruzan, 760 S.W.2d at 410. at 300. In re Jobes, 108 N.J. 394, 529 A.2d 434 (1987), presents facts similar to this case. Cru-zan v. Director, Missouri Dep't of Health, 110 S. Ct. 2841 (1990). Her vital signs were stabilized and she was taken to surgery. 728, 370 *414 N.E.2d 417 (1977), involved a mentally retarded resident of a state school suffering from acute myeloblastic monocytic leukemia, in need of chemotherapy, but incapable of giving informed consent for the treatment. The court "recognized the right of a guardian of the person to vicariously assert the right of an incompetent or unconscious ward to accept or deny medical care. 2d 147 (1973). 697, 434 N.E.2d 601 (1982), In the matter of Hier, 18 Mass.App.Ct. 8. Rptr. This result can be obtained only if the state's interest in the preservation of life is substantially discounted. We review this case under Murphy v. Carron, 536 S.W.2d 30, 32 (Mo. The weather was clear and the pavement dry on a cool January night. It is distinguishable because the guardian ad litem opposed withdrawal of the feeding tube, and there was no evidence from which the court could draw an inference as to the patient's intent, or general beliefs on the subject of life prolonging procedures. The New Jersey Supreme Court, however, recognized the legislature was the proper branch to set guidelines in this area, yet went on to hold "[n]evertheless, patients and their families and physicians are increasingly being faced with these difficult and complex decisions without legislative guidelines and... [u]ntil the Legislature acts, it is to the courts that the public must look for the guidelines and procedures under which life-sustaining medical treatment may be withdrawn or withheld." AMERICAN MEDICAL . I substantially agree with the law as expressed by Judge Higgins, except that I believe that the decision of the trial court is supported by established principles of common law and equity, and so find it unnecessary to discuss constitutional issues which would be of primary importance only if the case were governed by legislation. It would subject them to radical and insidious discrimination based on their disabilities.". The court ordered state employees to "cause the request of the co-guardians *412 to withdraw nutrition or hydration to be carried out.". [19] The temptation here is to allow medical terminology to dictate legal principle. I am not persuaded that the state is a better decisionmaker than Nancy's parents. To be sure, no one carries a malevolent motive to this litigation. Unlike *440 the majority, the court in Gray followed the prior case law and held "the right to refuse medical treatment `must extend to the case of an incompetent patient because the value of human dignity extends to both. "An exploratory laparotomy disclosed a laceration to her liver which was repaired. Irreversible brain damage followed; she needed assistance breathing and received nourishment through a tube inserted into the jejunum of her small intestine. Cruzan V Missouri Case Edited. If the testimony at trial that Nancy would experience no pain even if she were allowed to die by starvation and dehydration is to be believed, it is difficult to argue with any conviction that feeding by a tube already in place constitutes a painful invasion for her. In cases like Nancy's "if you decided in terms of what the patient wanted or in terms of what the family wanted or the relationship between the two, to discontinue artificial feeding through the gastrostomy tube and then attempt to feed her through a syringe or spoon feeding would make no sense whatsoever in terms of the overall moral standard of decision making.". Rptr. Med., 955, 957 (1984). Also, the health care personnel caring for Marcia Gray were adamant in their opposition to the proposal to remove nutrition and hydration. In re Colyer, 99 Wash. 2d 114, 660 P.2d 738, 743 (1983). Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondents, Cruzan v Director, Missouri Dept. 1. The courts are open to protect incompetents against abuse. "[W]hile the analysis may be useful in weighing the implications of the specific treatment for the patient, essentially it merely restates the question: whether the burdens of treatment so clearly outweigh its benefit to the patient that continued treatment would be inhumane." Although appellants emphasize selected testimony for purposes of their arguments, none of appellants' contentions dispute the facts as found by the trial court. [10] This conclusion is troublesome, given the court's rejection of the patient's statements regarding life support as inherently unreliable. Nor would I accept the thought that decisions of relatives as guardians about life sustaining measures necessarily require judicial confirmation. 486 A.2d at 1232. HHS at 411. Her death is imminent only if she is denied food and water. Accordingly, it is proper to look to the law of other jurisdictions that have ruled on the question in this case. On the one hand, Quinlan based its decision on Karen Quinlan's constitutional right to privacy. banc 1988), the Missouri Living Will Statute is modeled after the Uniform Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (URITA), which provides. This is denominated the subjective test. 4. The trial judge found that a deprivation of oxygen to the brain approaching six minutes would result in permanent brain damage; the best estimate of the period of Nancy's anoxia was twelve to fourteen minutes. These tests are arguably the only ones adopted by a court which adequately consider the state's interest in life in the context of life-sustaining treatment. Cruzan by Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408 (Mo. BLACKMAR and HIGGINS, JJ., dissent in separate opinions filed. William H. Colby, Kansas City, Walter E. Williams, Joplin, for respondents. Vernon State Hospital on October 19, 1983 where she remains a patient. The state should not substitute its decisions for theirs. I would not accept the assumption, inherent in the principal opinion, that, with our advanced technology, the state must necessarily become involved in a decision about using extraordinary measures to prolong life. In Re Drabick, 200 Cal. It begins with the judgment entered by the trial court: "On Tuesday, January 11, 1983 at approximately 12:50 a.m., Nancy Beth Davis nee Cruzan, our ward, was driving a 1963 Rambler Classic Sedan, alone, East on Elm Road (a/k/a Krummel Nursery Road), 2.1 miles East of Alternate U.S. Highway 71, Southeast of Carthage, Missouri, Jasper County. Assuming change is appropriate, this issue demands a comprehensive resolution which courts cannot provide. A decision as to medical treatment must be informed. I do not find the arguments about the state's interest in "preserving life," and the citation of various statutory provisions in support, particularly helpful. Moving from the common law's prejudice in favor of life, Quinlan subtly recast the state's interest in life as an interest in the quality of life (cognitive and sapient), struck a balance between quality of life and Karen Quinlan's right to privacy and permitted the termination of a life sustaining procedure. There a 28-year-old, quadriplegic woman afflicted with severe cerebral palsy sought removal of the nasogastric tube by which she was fed. "The Carthage Fire Department was notified. The majority opinion of the Missouri Supreme Court noted the existence of substantial case law in other jurisdictions, with a massive footnote that … 5. 417, 435, 497 N.E.2d 626, 636 (1986). Substituted judgment in that case permits the decisionmaker to assume that he is an incompetent who becomes competent but continues to weigh the decision as though incompetent. Perhaps realizing the difficulty of applying a constitutional standard which relied too heavily on medical technology, several courts, led by Eichner, abandoned right to privacy reasoning, focusing instead on the common law right to refuse treatment. Rule 73.01(c)(2). We cannot shift our burden to the legislature. 1988), aff'd, Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dep't of Health , 110 S.Ct. At about the time the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts considered Brophy, the California Court of Appeals decided Bouvia v. Superior Court, 179 Cal. [8] The court intended to apply its tests only in circumstances in which the patient had a life expectancy of no more than one year. Cruzan "is not dead. We intend no judgment here as to whether the common law right to refuse medical treatment is broader than the Living Will statute. 1986), In the Matter of Requena, 213 N.J.Super. Instead, the Massachusetts court found the extraordinary nature of the treatment presented a sufficiently massive invasion of a person's privacy to warrant a decision against undergoing treatment. First, when clear and convincing evidence exists that an incompetent patient would refuse treatment under the circumstances were he able to do so, the guardian may exercise a substituted judgment to achieve that end. 92, 93 (1914) ("Every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body."). 2d 289 (1976). App.1986), Wons v. Public Health Trust of Dade County, 500 So. 1984), Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital v. Paddock, 127 Misc.2d 101, 485 N.Y.S.2d 443 (N.Y. Sup.Ct.1985), In the Matter of Saunders, 129 Misc.2d 45, 492 N.Y.S.2d 510 (N.Y.Sup.Ct.1985), In the Matter of Delio, 134 Misc.2d 206, 510 N.Y.S.2d 415 (N.Y.Sup.Ct.1986), In re Harvey "U", 116 A.D.2d 351, 501 N.Y.S.2d 920 (N.Y.App. The principal opinion, states that "[n]one of the parties argue that Missouri's Living Will statute applies in this case." July 8, 1988); Brophy v. New England Sinai Hosp., 398 Mass. But "informally expressed reactions to other people's medical condition and treatment do not constitute clear proof of a patient's intent." She is totally dependent on others for her care. The legal issues. USA.gov. We therefore do not decide any issue in this case relating to the authority of competent persons to suspend life-sustaining treatment in the face of terminal illness or otherwise. Tribe, American Constitutional Law, 1365 (2d ed. Appellants Harmon and Lamkins contend the court erred in concluding that the living will statute does not prohibit withdrawal of the artificial life support in this case; in holding that refusal of the withdrawal would deny Nancy Cruzan's "Right To Liberty" and to deny the guardians to act on her behalf would deprive her of equal protection of the law; in failing to decide whether withdrawal of the support was appropriate, in failure to have clear and convincing evidence to support its findings, and in identifying the factors that authorize the withdrawal. We declined to do so. The Cruzans filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a judicial sanction of their wishes. 6. It is here to examine and determine Nancy Cruzan's right to die under the federal and state constitutions, under our existing case law which requires us to defer to the facts as found below, and under the large body of precedent established by the courts of our sister states. Nancy is not dead. In Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186, 106 S. Ct. 2841, 92 L. Ed. She remained in a coma for about three more weeks when she appeared to have progressed to an unconscious state. 9. The broad policy statements of the legislature make no such distinction; nor shall we. In sum, we hold that the co-guardians do not have authority to order the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition to Nancy. The absolutist provision is also infirm because the state does not stand prepared to finance the preservation of life, without regard to the cost, in very many cases. Cruzan v. Harmon… Hospital workers refused to do this without a court order. [1] A single issue is presented: May a guardian order that all nutrition and hydration be withheld from an incompetent ward who is in a persistent vegetative state, who is neither dead within the meaning of Section 194.005, RSMo 1986, nor terminally ill? When a person is without close relatives, it may be desirable to appoint a guardian of the person to consider decisions about medical treatment. Giles R. Scofield, III, New York City, Richard D. Watters, St. Louis, for amicus curiae, Concern For Dying. Respondents contend that the patient's interest must prevail when medical treatment "serves only to prolong a life inflicted with an incurable condition." Yet courts manage to find the states' interests wanting and allow surrogates to choose the death of patients by invoking a nearly unbridled right to refuse treatment. 1988).] If offered to show informed refusal, the evidence offered here "would be woefully inadequate. 1988), aff’d sub nom. Jurimetrics, Vol. The tests established by this same court in Conroy were not applicable. On February 1, 1983, with the consent of her then husband, a # 20 gastrostomy feeding T-tube was surgically inserted. These permit a competent person to decree in a formal document that she would refuse death prolonging medical treatment in the event of terminal illness and an accompanying inability to refuse such treatment as a result of incompetency. 1988). [11] "The right of self-determination and individual autonomy has its roots deep in our history." 1. The issue is not whether the continued feeding and hydration of Nancy is medical treatment; it is whether feeding and providing liquid to Nancy is a burden to her. 728, 370 N.E.2d 417 (1977), In re Dinnerstein, 6 Mass. J Leg Med. [1] The opinion, finally, is not authority for requiring any procedure other than the continued utilization of a feeding tube which is already in place. Unlike the majority's avoidance of this issue[1] the Gray court looked to other case law "addressing this issue and concluded that analytically no difference exists between artificial feeding and other life support measures." 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Yet, several years ago, a respected judge needed extraordinary treatment which the hospital in which he was a patient was not willing to furnish without a huge advance deposit, and the state apparently had no desire to help out. 2d 160 (Fla.Dist.Ct.App.1978) to recognize a right to privacy in medical treatment decisions); Matter of Quinlan, 70 N.J. 10, 355 A.2d 647 (1976); Matter of Welfare of Colyer, 99 Wash. 2d 114, 660 P.2d 738 (1983); Rasmussen by Mitchell v. Fleming, 154 Ariz. 207, 741 P.2d 674 (1987). 1989 Dec;16(6):487-9. As the parties carefully pointed out in their thoughtful briefs, this issue is a broad one, invoking consideration of the authority of guardians of incompetent wards, the public policy of Missouri with regard to the termination of life-sustaining treatment and the amorphous mass of constitutional rights generally described as the "right to liberty", "the right to privacy", equal protection and due process. denied, 371 U.S. 890, 83 S. Ct. 189, 9 L. Ed. A CAT scan showed no significant abnormalities of her brain. The court stated the issue, "whether or not the state can insist that a person in a vegetative state incapable of intelligent sensation, whose condition is irreversible, may be required to submit to medical care under circumstances in which the patient prefers not to do so." [1] Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 93 S. Ct. 705, 35 L. Ed. [2] In a case where there is a tie vote of the regular members of the court the result below should be affirmed. "Her husband took her to his grandmother's home where she was served by round the clock professional nursing care. 184 Cal.App.3d 961 - BARTLING v. GLENDALE ADVENTIST MEDICAL CENTER, Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Five. Abstract: This article addresses the issues raised by the case involving Nancy Cruzan and her family's tragic dilemma. I dissent, respectfully, from the order denying a rehearing. She was employed on either the 3 to 11 or the graveyard shift at Schreiber Foods. Apparently Nancy's car ran off the road and overturned several times. A third test, characterized as the pure objective test, is operable where there is no evidence of the patient's desires as to life sustaining treatment. *438 Because New Jersey broke the first ground in this area, its cases deserve particular attention. Cruzan, 760 S.W.2d at 410. at 300. In re Jobes, 108 N.J. 394, 529 A.2d 434 (1987), presents facts similar to this case. Cru-zan v. Director, Missouri Dep't of Health, 110 S. Ct. 2841 (1990). Her vital signs were stabilized and she was taken to surgery. 728, 370 *414 N.E.2d 417 (1977), involved a mentally retarded resident of a state school suffering from acute myeloblastic monocytic leukemia, in need of chemotherapy, but incapable of giving informed consent for the treatment. The court "recognized the right of a guardian of the person to vicariously assert the right of an incompetent or unconscious ward to accept or deny medical care. 2d 147 (1973). 697, 434 N.E.2d 601 (1982), In the matter of Hier, 18 Mass.App.Ct. 8. Rptr. This result can be obtained only if the state's interest in the preservation of life is substantially discounted. We review this case under Murphy v. Carron, 536 S.W.2d 30, 32 (Mo. The weather was clear and the pavement dry on a cool January night. It is distinguishable because the guardian ad litem opposed withdrawal of the feeding tube, and there was no evidence from which the court could draw an inference as to the patient's intent, or general beliefs on the subject of life prolonging procedures. The New Jersey Supreme Court, however, recognized the legislature was the proper branch to set guidelines in this area, yet went on to hold "[n]evertheless, patients and their families and physicians are increasingly being faced with these difficult and complex decisions without legislative guidelines and... [u]ntil the Legislature acts, it is to the courts that the public must look for the guidelines and procedures under which life-sustaining medical treatment may be withdrawn or withheld." AMERICAN MEDICAL . I substantially agree with the law as expressed by Judge Higgins, except that I believe that the decision of the trial court is supported by established principles of common law and equity, and so find it unnecessary to discuss constitutional issues which would be of primary importance only if the case were governed by legislation. It would subject them to radical and insidious discrimination based on their disabilities.". The court ordered state employees to "cause the request of the co-guardians *412 to withdraw nutrition or hydration to be carried out.". [19] The temptation here is to allow medical terminology to dictate legal principle. I am not persuaded that the state is a better decisionmaker than Nancy's parents. To be sure, no one carries a malevolent motive to this litigation. Unlike *440 the majority, the court in Gray followed the prior case law and held "the right to refuse medical treatment `must extend to the case of an incompetent patient because the value of human dignity extends to both. "An exploratory laparotomy disclosed a laceration to her liver which was repaired. Irreversible brain damage followed; she needed assistance breathing and received nourishment through a tube inserted into the jejunum of her small intestine. Cruzan V Missouri Case Edited. If the testimony at trial that Nancy would experience no pain even if she were allowed to die by starvation and dehydration is to be believed, it is difficult to argue with any conviction that feeding by a tube already in place constitutes a painful invasion for her. In cases like Nancy's "if you decided in terms of what the patient wanted or in terms of what the family wanted or the relationship between the two, to discontinue artificial feeding through the gastrostomy tube and then attempt to feed her through a syringe or spoon feeding would make no sense whatsoever in terms of the overall moral standard of decision making.". Rptr. Med., 955, 957 (1984). Also, the health care personnel caring for Marcia Gray were adamant in their opposition to the proposal to remove nutrition and hydration. In re Colyer, 99 Wash. 2d 114, 660 P.2d 738, 743 (1983). Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondents, Cruzan v Director, Missouri Dept. 1. The courts are open to protect incompetents against abuse. "[W]hile the analysis may be useful in weighing the implications of the specific treatment for the patient, essentially it merely restates the question: whether the burdens of treatment so clearly outweigh its benefit to the patient that continued treatment would be inhumane." Although appellants emphasize selected testimony for purposes of their arguments, none of appellants' contentions dispute the facts as found by the trial court. [10] This conclusion is troublesome, given the court's rejection of the patient's statements regarding life support as inherently unreliable. Nor would I accept the thought that decisions of relatives as guardians about life sustaining measures necessarily require judicial confirmation. 486 A.2d at 1232. HHS at 411. Her death is imminent only if she is denied food and water. Accordingly, it is proper to look to the law of other jurisdictions that have ruled on the question in this case. On the one hand, Quinlan based its decision on Karen Quinlan's constitutional right to privacy. banc 1988), the Missouri Living Will Statute is modeled after the Uniform Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (URITA), which provides. This is denominated the subjective test. 4. The trial judge found that a deprivation of oxygen to the brain approaching six minutes would result in permanent brain damage; the best estimate of the period of Nancy's anoxia was twelve to fourteen minutes. These tests are arguably the only ones adopted by a court which adequately consider the state's interest in life in the context of life-sustaining treatment. Cruzan by Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408 (Mo. BLACKMAR and HIGGINS, JJ., dissent in separate opinions filed. William H. Colby, Kansas City, Walter E. Williams, Joplin, for respondents. Vernon State Hospital on October 19, 1983 where she remains a patient. The state should not substitute its decisions for theirs. I would not accept the assumption, inherent in the principal opinion, that, with our advanced technology, the state must necessarily become involved in a decision about using extraordinary measures to prolong life. In Re Drabick, 200 Cal. It begins with the judgment entered by the trial court: "On Tuesday, January 11, 1983 at approximately 12:50 a.m., Nancy Beth Davis nee Cruzan, our ward, was driving a 1963 Rambler Classic Sedan, alone, East on Elm Road (a/k/a Krummel Nursery Road), 2.1 miles East of Alternate U.S. Highway 71, Southeast of Carthage, Missouri, Jasper County. Assuming change is appropriate, this issue demands a comprehensive resolution which courts cannot provide. A decision as to medical treatment must be informed. I do not find the arguments about the state's interest in "preserving life," and the citation of various statutory provisions in support, particularly helpful. Moving from the common law's prejudice in favor of life, Quinlan subtly recast the state's interest in life as an interest in the quality of life (cognitive and sapient), struck a balance between quality of life and Karen Quinlan's right to privacy and permitted the termination of a life sustaining procedure. There a 28-year-old, quadriplegic woman afflicted with severe cerebral palsy sought removal of the nasogastric tube by which she was fed. "The Carthage Fire Department was notified. The majority opinion of the Missouri Supreme Court noted the existence of substantial case law in other jurisdictions, with a massive footnote that … 5. 417, 435, 497 N.E.2d 626, 636 (1986). Substituted judgment in that case permits the decisionmaker to assume that he is an incompetent who becomes competent but continues to weigh the decision as though incompetent. Perhaps realizing the difficulty of applying a constitutional standard which relied too heavily on medical technology, several courts, led by Eichner, abandoned right to privacy reasoning, focusing instead on the common law right to refuse treatment. Rule 73.01(c)(2). We cannot shift our burden to the legislature. 1988), aff'd, Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dep't of Health , 110 S.Ct. At about the time the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts considered Brophy, the California Court of Appeals decided Bouvia v. Superior Court, 179 Cal. [8] The court intended to apply its tests only in circumstances in which the patient had a life expectancy of no more than one year. Cruzan "is not dead. We intend no judgment here as to whether the common law right to refuse medical treatment is broader than the Living Will statute. 1986), In the Matter of Requena, 213 N.J.Super. Instead, the Massachusetts court found the extraordinary nature of the treatment presented a sufficiently massive invasion of a person's privacy to warrant a decision against undergoing treatment. First, when clear and convincing evidence exists that an incompetent patient would refuse treatment under the circumstances were he able to do so, the guardian may exercise a substituted judgment to achieve that end. 92, 93 (1914) ("Every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body."). 2d 289 (1976). App.1986), Wons v. Public Health Trust of Dade County, 500 So. 1984), Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital v. Paddock, 127 Misc.2d 101, 485 N.Y.S.2d 443 (N.Y. Sup.Ct.1985), In the Matter of Saunders, 129 Misc.2d 45, 492 N.Y.S.2d 510 (N.Y.Sup.Ct.1985), In the Matter of Delio, 134 Misc.2d 206, 510 N.Y.S.2d 415 (N.Y.Sup.Ct.1986), In re Harvey "U", 116 A.D.2d 351, 501 N.Y.S.2d 920 (N.Y.App. The principal opinion, states that "[n]one of the parties argue that Missouri's Living Will statute applies in this case." July 8, 1988); Brophy v. New England Sinai Hosp., 398 Mass. But "informally expressed reactions to other people's medical condition and treatment do not constitute clear proof of a patient's intent." She is totally dependent on others for her care. The legal issues. USA.gov. We therefore do not decide any issue in this case relating to the authority of competent persons to suspend life-sustaining treatment in the face of terminal illness or otherwise. Tribe, American Constitutional Law, 1365 (2d ed. Appellants Harmon and Lamkins contend the court erred in concluding that the living will statute does not prohibit withdrawal of the artificial life support in this case; in holding that refusal of the withdrawal would deny Nancy Cruzan's "Right To Liberty" and to deny the guardians to act on her behalf would deprive her of equal protection of the law; in failing to decide whether withdrawal of the support was appropriate, in failure to have clear and convincing evidence to support its findings, and in identifying the factors that authorize the withdrawal. We declined to do so. The Cruzans filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a judicial sanction of their wishes. 6. It is here to examine and determine Nancy Cruzan's right to die under the federal and state constitutions, under our existing case law which requires us to defer to the facts as found below, and under the large body of precedent established by the courts of our sister states. Nancy is not dead. In Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186, 106 S. Ct. 2841, 92 L. Ed. She remained in a coma for about three more weeks when she appeared to have progressed to an unconscious state. 9. The broad policy statements of the legislature make no such distinction; nor shall we. In sum, we hold that the co-guardians do not have authority to order the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition to Nancy. The absolutist provision is also infirm because the state does not stand prepared to finance the preservation of life, without regard to the cost, in very many cases. Cruzan v. Harmon… Hospital workers refused to do this without a court order. [1] A single issue is presented: May a guardian order that all nutrition and hydration be withheld from an incompetent ward who is in a persistent vegetative state, who is neither dead within the meaning of Section 194.005, RSMo 1986, nor terminally ill? When a person is without close relatives, it may be desirable to appoint a guardian of the person to consider decisions about medical treatment. Giles R. Scofield, III, New York City, Richard D. Watters, St. Louis, for amicus curiae, Concern For Dying. Respondents contend that the patient's interest must prevail when medical treatment "serves only to prolong a life inflicted with an incurable condition." Yet courts manage to find the states' interests wanting and allow surrogates to choose the death of patients by invoking a nearly unbridled right to refuse treatment. 1988).] If offered to show informed refusal, the evidence offered here "would be woefully inadequate. 1988), aff’d sub nom. Jurimetrics, Vol. The tests established by this same court in Conroy were not applicable. On February 1, 1983, with the consent of her then husband, a # 20 gastrostomy feeding T-tube was surgically inserted. These permit a competent person to decree in a formal document that she would refuse death prolonging medical treatment in the event of terminal illness and an accompanying inability to refuse such treatment as a result of incompetency. 1988). [11] "The right of self-determination and individual autonomy has its roots deep in our history." 1. The issue is not whether the continued feeding and hydration of Nancy is medical treatment; it is whether feeding and providing liquid to Nancy is a burden to her. 728, 370 N.E.2d 417 (1977), In re Dinnerstein, 6 Mass. J Leg Med. [1] The opinion, finally, is not authority for requiring any procedure other than the continued utilization of a feeding tube which is already in place. Unlike the majority's avoidance of this issue[1] the Gray court looked to other case law "addressing this issue and concluded that analytically no difference exists between artificial feeding and other life support measures." 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Respondents co-guardians Lester L. Cruzan, Jr., and Joyce Cruzan contend for the judgment of the trial court asserting that the trial court was correct in ruling that their daughter, Nancy Cruzan, has a right to be free from invasive, unwanted and non-beneficial treatments because such rights are granted to all persons by the right to liberty found in the natural law, the common law right to self-autonomy and the constitutional rights to liberty and privacy; that she did not forfeit the right to be free of intrusive treatment because of her incompetency when her guardians consented according to her rights; that no state interest is present that outweighs her right to be free from the state's intrusive medical care; that all the credible evidence, medical and otherwise, supports the withdrawal of the artificial life system implanted in Nancy Cruzan; that the living will statute does not stand to exclude withdrawal of the surgically implanted support system; and that the appellant doctors' hospital cannot disregard the request of the guardians to withdraw the unwanted life support. 0293888, slip op. 2d 408 (Mo. See Schloendorff v. Society of New York Hosp., 211 N.Y. 125, 129-30, 105 N.E. The court balanced the constitutional right to privacy and the common law right to refuse medical treatment against the state's interests. Abstract Two recent court cases, Cruzan v Harmon and In the Matter of O'Connor, denied family requests to withhold or withdraw life‐sustaining treatment. Our law does recognize an individual's primary right to refuse medical treatment and to direct physicians attending to withhold or withdraw further treatment. Were quality of life at issue, persons with all manner of handicaps might find the state seeking to terminate their lives. The common law recognizes the right of individual autonomy over decisions relating to one's health and welfare. App. "In this case the Court acts only to authorize the Co-guardians to exercise our Ward's constitutionally guaranteed liberty to request the Respondents to withhold nutrition and hydration. 534 A.2d at 953. Cruzan v Harmon, 760 SW2d 408, 424 (Mo 1988). The efforts of courts to establish guidelines have been less than satisfactory. Section 459.015.3, RSMo 1986. "After examination and treatment by a number of physicians, including three neurologists, a neurosurgeon, and a specialist in rehabilitative medicine and considering the observations of the primary nursing care providers, her family and co-guardians, the Court by clear and convincing evidence finds the current medical condition of our ward to be as follows: "The Petitioners, her mother and father, and duly appointed co-guardians, seek this Court's approval of their request to the Respondent Lampkins, Superintendent of the Mt. PMID: 2514116 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Publication Types: 88-1503), 1989 WL 1115266. There is substantial disagreement on this point among physicians and ethicists. He found the upper hemispheric ventricles of the brain essentially normal in size with no evidence of intracranial mass lesion or any edema. As the court said in Jobes, "All of the statements about life-support that were attributed to Mrs. Jobes were remote, general, spontaneous, and made in casual circumstances. Elm Road is a two lane east-west asphaltic pavement, 18 feet wide on an easterly uphill grade in an open area. 31. Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. at 152, 93 S. Ct. at 726. denied 478 U.S. 1039, 107 S. Ct. 29, 92 L. Ed. Wolf, an associate for law at the Hastings Center, criticizes the Missouri Supreme Court's Cruzan decision refusing the parents of a women in a persistent vegetative … 35. "The due process clause of the Constitution of the United States and the statutes of the State of Missouri[1] require clear and convincing evidence of a physical or mental condition before a person may be declared incapacitated and a guardian appointed. Testimony at trial characterized the transfusions as "analogous to foodthey would not cure the cancer, but would eliminate the risk of death from another treatable cause." URITA, § 1(9). After two or three weeks, she developed pneumonia, probably from food aspiration as a result of oral feeding efforts and was rehospitalized for a short time and then returned to the grandmother's home. Where the "effect of administering life-sustaining treatment would be inhumane" due to severe, recurring and unavoidable pain, treatment may be terminated. The court allowed Brophy's guardian to exercise his substituted judgment to terminate feeding. In order to assist her recovery and to ease the feeding process, a gastrostomy feeding tube was surgically implanted on February 7, 1983, with the consent of her (then) husband. Courts, on the other hand, are facile and eager to find and impose a solution. Her fingernails now sometimes cut into her wrists. ", The court concluded that no state interest outweighed Nancy's "right to liberty" and that to deny Nancy's co-guardians authority to act under these circumstances would deprive Nancy of equal protection of the law. Nutrition or hydration under these circumstances is medical treatment because it can only be and has for the past five years been maintained by the surgically implanted gastrostomy tube. Marcia Gray, like Nancy, was in a persistent vegetative state. Approaches of other state courts are pointed out. 19 references to Matter of Conroy, 486 A.2d 1209 (N.J. 1985) Supreme Court of New Jersey Jan. 17, 1985 Also … WELLIVER, J., dissents in separate opinion filed and concurs in dissenting opinions of BLACKMAR and HIGGINS, JJ. Rptr. Ct.App.1984); John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital v. Bludworth, 452 So. 2d 140 (1986), the Supreme Court considered whether the right to privacy extended to the conduct of homosexuals. The medical argument, if carried to its natural conclusion, takes us into a dangerous realm; it seems to say that treatment which does not cure can be withdrawn. 1988), aff'd, Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dep't of Health , 110 S.Ct. Medical evidence shows Nancy will continue a life of relatively normal duration if allowed basic sustenance. Storar's blood transfusions could not be terminated. Quinlan, Saikewicz, and Eichner/Storar provide the legal basis for all *415 of the cases which followed. She was discharged to be admitted to the Mt. Instead of relying on Conroy, the court determined that cases involving persistently vegetative patients required a return to Quinlan. Section 475.120.3, RSMo 1986, provides that the guardian of an incapacitated ward shall provide for the ward's "care, treatment, habilitation, education, support and maintenance" and has the power to: The statute makes no provision for the termination of medical treatment; to the contrary, it places an express, affirmative duty on guardians to assure that the ward receives medical care and provides the guardian with the power to give consent for that purpose. As used in this [Act] unless the context otherwise requires: The Missouri Statute, like the Uniform Act does provide in § 459.015, RSMo 1986, that "[a]ny competent person may execute a declaration directing the withholding or withdrawal of death-prolonging procedures." Once prognosis becomes irrelevant, and the patient's choice always more important than the state's interest, this standard leads to the judicial approval of suicide. In deciding the applicability of the right to such determinations, Quinlan first cites Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 85 S. Ct. 1678, 14 L. Ed. at 25 (Conn.Super.Ct. Majzoub, a neurosurgeon, examined Nancy in the ICU following surgery, reviewing a CAT scan of her head showing no significant abnormalities. "We believe the Petitioners, Co-guardians, her parents, have met this heavy burden as the Court has found her present medical condition to be by clear and convincing evidence. Morrison v. State, 252 S.W.2d 97 (Mo.App.1952).
. App. 1989). She now lies in the Mount Vernon State Hospital. 2d 124 (1962); In re Clark, 21 Ohio Op.2d 86, 185 N.E.2d 128 (Ohio Comm.Pleas 1962); Mitchell v. Davis, 205 S.W.2d 812 (Tex.Civ.App.1947). Yet, several years ago, a respected judge needed extraordinary treatment which the hospital in which he was a patient was not willing to furnish without a huge advance deposit, and the state apparently had no desire to help out. 2d 160 (Fla.Dist.Ct.App.1978) to recognize a right to privacy in medical treatment decisions); Matter of Quinlan, 70 N.J. 10, 355 A.2d 647 (1976); Matter of Welfare of Colyer, 99 Wash. 2d 114, 660 P.2d 738 (1983); Rasmussen by Mitchell v. Fleming, 154 Ariz. 207, 741 P.2d 674 (1987). 1989 Dec;16(6):487-9. As the parties carefully pointed out in their thoughtful briefs, this issue is a broad one, invoking consideration of the authority of guardians of incompetent wards, the public policy of Missouri with regard to the termination of life-sustaining treatment and the amorphous mass of constitutional rights generally described as the "right to liberty", "the right to privacy", equal protection and due process. denied, 371 U.S. 890, 83 S. Ct. 189, 9 L. Ed. A CAT scan showed no significant abnormalities of her brain. The court stated the issue, "whether or not the state can insist that a person in a vegetative state incapable of intelligent sensation, whose condition is irreversible, may be required to submit to medical care under circumstances in which the patient prefers not to do so." [1] Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 93 S. Ct. 705, 35 L. Ed. [2] In a case where there is a tie vote of the regular members of the court the result below should be affirmed. "Her husband took her to his grandmother's home where she was served by round the clock professional nursing care. 184 Cal.App.3d 961 - BARTLING v. GLENDALE ADVENTIST MEDICAL CENTER, Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Five. Abstract: This article addresses the issues raised by the case involving Nancy Cruzan and her family's tragic dilemma. I dissent, respectfully, from the order denying a rehearing. She was employed on either the 3 to 11 or the graveyard shift at Schreiber Foods. Apparently Nancy's car ran off the road and overturned several times. A third test, characterized as the pure objective test, is operable where there is no evidence of the patient's desires as to life sustaining treatment. *438 Because New Jersey broke the first ground in this area, its cases deserve particular attention. Cruzan, 760 S.W.2d at 410. at 300. In re Jobes, 108 N.J. 394, 529 A.2d 434 (1987), presents facts similar to this case. Cru-zan v. Director, Missouri Dep't of Health, 110 S. Ct. 2841 (1990). Her vital signs were stabilized and she was taken to surgery. 728, 370 *414 N.E.2d 417 (1977), involved a mentally retarded resident of a state school suffering from acute myeloblastic monocytic leukemia, in need of chemotherapy, but incapable of giving informed consent for the treatment. The court "recognized the right of a guardian of the person to vicariously assert the right of an incompetent or unconscious ward to accept or deny medical care. 2d 147 (1973). 697, 434 N.E.2d 601 (1982), In the matter of Hier, 18 Mass.App.Ct. 8. Rptr. This result can be obtained only if the state's interest in the preservation of life is substantially discounted. We review this case under Murphy v. Carron, 536 S.W.2d 30, 32 (Mo. The weather was clear and the pavement dry on a cool January night. It is distinguishable because the guardian ad litem opposed withdrawal of the feeding tube, and there was no evidence from which the court could draw an inference as to the patient's intent, or general beliefs on the subject of life prolonging procedures. The New Jersey Supreme Court, however, recognized the legislature was the proper branch to set guidelines in this area, yet went on to hold "[n]evertheless, patients and their families and physicians are increasingly being faced with these difficult and complex decisions without legislative guidelines and... [u]ntil the Legislature acts, it is to the courts that the public must look for the guidelines and procedures under which life-sustaining medical treatment may be withdrawn or withheld." AMERICAN MEDICAL . I substantially agree with the law as expressed by Judge Higgins, except that I believe that the decision of the trial court is supported by established principles of common law and equity, and so find it unnecessary to discuss constitutional issues which would be of primary importance only if the case were governed by legislation. It would subject them to radical and insidious discrimination based on their disabilities.". The court ordered state employees to "cause the request of the co-guardians *412 to withdraw nutrition or hydration to be carried out.". [19] The temptation here is to allow medical terminology to dictate legal principle. I am not persuaded that the state is a better decisionmaker than Nancy's parents. To be sure, no one carries a malevolent motive to this litigation. Unlike *440 the majority, the court in Gray followed the prior case law and held "the right to refuse medical treatment `must extend to the case of an incompetent patient because the value of human dignity extends to both. "An exploratory laparotomy disclosed a laceration to her liver which was repaired. Irreversible brain damage followed; she needed assistance breathing and received nourishment through a tube inserted into the jejunum of her small intestine. Cruzan V Missouri Case Edited. If the testimony at trial that Nancy would experience no pain even if she were allowed to die by starvation and dehydration is to be believed, it is difficult to argue with any conviction that feeding by a tube already in place constitutes a painful invasion for her. In cases like Nancy's "if you decided in terms of what the patient wanted or in terms of what the family wanted or the relationship between the two, to discontinue artificial feeding through the gastrostomy tube and then attempt to feed her through a syringe or spoon feeding would make no sense whatsoever in terms of the overall moral standard of decision making.". Rptr. Med., 955, 957 (1984). Also, the health care personnel caring for Marcia Gray were adamant in their opposition to the proposal to remove nutrition and hydration. In re Colyer, 99 Wash. 2d 114, 660 P.2d 738, 743 (1983). Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondents, Cruzan v Director, Missouri Dept. 1. The courts are open to protect incompetents against abuse. "[W]hile the analysis may be useful in weighing the implications of the specific treatment for the patient, essentially it merely restates the question: whether the burdens of treatment so clearly outweigh its benefit to the patient that continued treatment would be inhumane." Although appellants emphasize selected testimony for purposes of their arguments, none of appellants' contentions dispute the facts as found by the trial court. [10] This conclusion is troublesome, given the court's rejection of the patient's statements regarding life support as inherently unreliable. Nor would I accept the thought that decisions of relatives as guardians about life sustaining measures necessarily require judicial confirmation. 486 A.2d at 1232. HHS at 411. Her death is imminent only if she is denied food and water. Accordingly, it is proper to look to the law of other jurisdictions that have ruled on the question in this case. On the one hand, Quinlan based its decision on Karen Quinlan's constitutional right to privacy. banc 1988), the Missouri Living Will Statute is modeled after the Uniform Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (URITA), which provides. This is denominated the subjective test. 4. The trial judge found that a deprivation of oxygen to the brain approaching six minutes would result in permanent brain damage; the best estimate of the period of Nancy's anoxia was twelve to fourteen minutes. These tests are arguably the only ones adopted by a court which adequately consider the state's interest in life in the context of life-sustaining treatment. Cruzan by Cruzan v. Harmon, 760 S.W.2d 408 (Mo. BLACKMAR and HIGGINS, JJ., dissent in separate opinions filed. William H. Colby, Kansas City, Walter E. Williams, Joplin, for respondents. Vernon State Hospital on October 19, 1983 where she remains a patient. The state should not substitute its decisions for theirs. I would not accept the assumption, inherent in the principal opinion, that, with our advanced technology, the state must necessarily become involved in a decision about using extraordinary measures to prolong life. In Re Drabick, 200 Cal. It begins with the judgment entered by the trial court: "On Tuesday, January 11, 1983 at approximately 12:50 a.m., Nancy Beth Davis nee Cruzan, our ward, was driving a 1963 Rambler Classic Sedan, alone, East on Elm Road (a/k/a Krummel Nursery Road), 2.1 miles East of Alternate U.S. Highway 71, Southeast of Carthage, Missouri, Jasper County. Assuming change is appropriate, this issue demands a comprehensive resolution which courts cannot provide. A decision as to medical treatment must be informed. I do not find the arguments about the state's interest in "preserving life," and the citation of various statutory provisions in support, particularly helpful. Moving from the common law's prejudice in favor of life, Quinlan subtly recast the state's interest in life as an interest in the quality of life (cognitive and sapient), struck a balance between quality of life and Karen Quinlan's right to privacy and permitted the termination of a life sustaining procedure. There a 28-year-old, quadriplegic woman afflicted with severe cerebral palsy sought removal of the nasogastric tube by which she was fed. "The Carthage Fire Department was notified. The majority opinion of the Missouri Supreme Court noted the existence of substantial case law in other jurisdictions, with a massive footnote that … 5. 417, 435, 497 N.E.2d 626, 636 (1986). Substituted judgment in that case permits the decisionmaker to assume that he is an incompetent who becomes competent but continues to weigh the decision as though incompetent. Perhaps realizing the difficulty of applying a constitutional standard which relied too heavily on medical technology, several courts, led by Eichner, abandoned right to privacy reasoning, focusing instead on the common law right to refuse treatment. Rule 73.01(c)(2). We cannot shift our burden to the legislature. 1988), aff'd, Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dep't of Health , 110 S.Ct. At about the time the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts considered Brophy, the California Court of Appeals decided Bouvia v. Superior Court, 179 Cal. [8] The court intended to apply its tests only in circumstances in which the patient had a life expectancy of no more than one year. Cruzan "is not dead. We intend no judgment here as to whether the common law right to refuse medical treatment is broader than the Living Will statute. 1986), In the Matter of Requena, 213 N.J.Super. Instead, the Massachusetts court found the extraordinary nature of the treatment presented a sufficiently massive invasion of a person's privacy to warrant a decision against undergoing treatment. First, when clear and convincing evidence exists that an incompetent patient would refuse treatment under the circumstances were he able to do so, the guardian may exercise a substituted judgment to achieve that end. 92, 93 (1914) ("Every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done with his own body."). 2d 289 (1976). App.1986), Wons v. Public Health Trust of Dade County, 500 So. 1984), Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital v. Paddock, 127 Misc.2d 101, 485 N.Y.S.2d 443 (N.Y. Sup.Ct.1985), In the Matter of Saunders, 129 Misc.2d 45, 492 N.Y.S.2d 510 (N.Y.Sup.Ct.1985), In the Matter of Delio, 134 Misc.2d 206, 510 N.Y.S.2d 415 (N.Y.Sup.Ct.1986), In re Harvey "U", 116 A.D.2d 351, 501 N.Y.S.2d 920 (N.Y.App. The principal opinion, states that "[n]one of the parties argue that Missouri's Living Will statute applies in this case." July 8, 1988); Brophy v. New England Sinai Hosp., 398 Mass. But "informally expressed reactions to other people's medical condition and treatment do not constitute clear proof of a patient's intent." She is totally dependent on others for her care. The legal issues. USA.gov. We therefore do not decide any issue in this case relating to the authority of competent persons to suspend life-sustaining treatment in the face of terminal illness or otherwise. Tribe, American Constitutional Law, 1365 (2d ed. Appellants Harmon and Lamkins contend the court erred in concluding that the living will statute does not prohibit withdrawal of the artificial life support in this case; in holding that refusal of the withdrawal would deny Nancy Cruzan's "Right To Liberty" and to deny the guardians to act on her behalf would deprive her of equal protection of the law; in failing to decide whether withdrawal of the support was appropriate, in failure to have clear and convincing evidence to support its findings, and in identifying the factors that authorize the withdrawal. We declined to do so. The Cruzans filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a judicial sanction of their wishes. 6. It is here to examine and determine Nancy Cruzan's right to die under the federal and state constitutions, under our existing case law which requires us to defer to the facts as found below, and under the large body of precedent established by the courts of our sister states. Nancy is not dead. In Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186, 106 S. Ct. 2841, 92 L. Ed. She remained in a coma for about three more weeks when she appeared to have progressed to an unconscious state. 9. The broad policy statements of the legislature make no such distinction; nor shall we. In sum, we hold that the co-guardians do not have authority to order the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition to Nancy. The absolutist provision is also infirm because the state does not stand prepared to finance the preservation of life, without regard to the cost, in very many cases. Cruzan v. Harmon… Hospital workers refused to do this without a court order. [1] A single issue is presented: May a guardian order that all nutrition and hydration be withheld from an incompetent ward who is in a persistent vegetative state, who is neither dead within the meaning of Section 194.005, RSMo 1986, nor terminally ill? When a person is without close relatives, it may be desirable to appoint a guardian of the person to consider decisions about medical treatment. Giles R. Scofield, III, New York City, Richard D. Watters, St. Louis, for amicus curiae, Concern For Dying. Respondents contend that the patient's interest must prevail when medical treatment "serves only to prolong a life inflicted with an incurable condition." Yet courts manage to find the states' interests wanting and allow surrogates to choose the death of patients by invoking a nearly unbridled right to refuse treatment. 1988).] If offered to show informed refusal, the evidence offered here "would be woefully inadequate. 1988), aff’d sub nom. Jurimetrics, Vol. The tests established by this same court in Conroy were not applicable. On February 1, 1983, with the consent of her then husband, a # 20 gastrostomy feeding T-tube was surgically inserted. These permit a competent person to decree in a formal document that she would refuse death prolonging medical treatment in the event of terminal illness and an accompanying inability to refuse such treatment as a result of incompetency. 1988). [11] "The right of self-determination and individual autonomy has its roots deep in our history." 1. The issue is not whether the continued feeding and hydration of Nancy is medical treatment; it is whether feeding and providing liquid to Nancy is a burden to her. 728, 370 N.E.2d 417 (1977), In re Dinnerstein, 6 Mass. J Leg Med. [1] The opinion, finally, is not authority for requiring any procedure other than the continued utilization of a feeding tube which is already in place. Unlike the majority's avoidance of this issue[1] the Gray court looked to other case law "addressing this issue and concluded that analytically no difference exists between artificial feeding and other life support measures." 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