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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-30

Decision making status with older minors: An ethical dilemma


Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Matthew Vest
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1947-489X.210266

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Clinical ethical issues arise on a daily basis for medical clinicians. We report and discuss a case of an older minor. A 16-year old female, with a complicated clinical history following a heart transplant, developed irreversible complications from her underlying medical condition that was largely attributed to noncompliance with recommendations from her medical team. Because of her minor status, she was ultimately unable to make healthcare decisions. The patient's healthcare team collectively agreed that she had minimal chances of surviving. We will discuss the ethical aspects of decision-making regarding her critical care.


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