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Schiavo had not appointed a surrogate, in accordance with Florida law, her husband was
authorised to act as the proxy decision-maker, ahead of her other family members (‘‘FLA.
STAT. § 765.401(1)’’ 2005; Noah 2006). In an ensuing series of intense court battles over a
period of 7 years, including the controversial intervention of the US Congress, Theresa
Schiavo’s parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, fought against Michael Schiavo’s desig-
nation as legal surrogate and his request to withdraw the life-sustaining treatment from his
wife. Despite immense pressure from political groups, all state and federal courts which
heard the case ruled in favour of Michael Schiavo’s application.
In 2004, in what is seen to have been a response to Theresa Schiavo’s case, a pro-
nouncement was made by the then Pope John Paul II concerning the impermissibility of the
withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration (Bülow et al. 2008; Noah 2006). This was
relied on by the Schindlers, arguing that since their daughter was a practising Catholic, she
would have been inclined to abide by the papal decree (Noah 2006). Although the courts
recognised the relevance of a patient’s religious affiliations, no proper inference could be
made as to Theresa’s personal understanding and level of adherence to Catholic principles,
and thus, it was difficult to form a decision in that respect (Noah 2006). This highlights the
need for a more effective mechanism to facilitate religious and spiritual awareness in end-
of-life care, so that ethical and social implications can be ‘‘anticipated and acted upon in
advance rather than post factum’’ (Steinberg 2003). On that note, it is argued that the legal
system is not the most appropriate platform to cope with the different ethical dilemmas
created by the dynamic changes in the medical world; instead, multidisciplinary ethic
committees may prove to be more efficacious in developing and recommending policies
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and procedures to resolve ethical conflict (Steinberg 2003), which are more pronounced at
the end of life.
In a world of increasing cultural pluralism and multi-faith societies, there is an undeniable
need for those involved in health services to have increased awareness and understanding
of the various and distinct value and belief systems of the patients whom they attend to.
Sensitivity towards cultural and religious differences leads to increased trust between
doctor and patient, resulting in a compassionate and improved end-of-life care environ-