New Bioethical Aspects of Ending of Life in Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome/Vegetative State Patients

The active abandonment of patients in Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome/Vegetative State (UWS/VS) is a topic that has been widely discussed in recent decades by individual authors advocating directly opposite points of view.The reason is that the issue is approached from different schools of thought, sometimes opposing each other, which envelope their views in a false contrast between religious and secular bioethics, supported by the intransigence of their specific ideology or religious beliefs.

Wakefulness Syndrome
Wakefulness Syndrome

Recent progress in scientific research, on the physiopathology of UWS/VS, and the high rate of misdiagnosis now allows us to consider the issue of ending of life, by active suspension of nutrition and hydration from a new point of view, which might break down the existing contrast and bring the two ideologies together.

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