• Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth ( http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cerebral-palsy)
• Terminal Illness- A medical condition which is expected to result in a person's death within six (6) months; no recovery expected ( http://www.cerebral-palsy-injury.com/terminal_illness.html)
According to the case study published in Contemporary Moral Problems ,Problem Case #2 pg 188-189 , Tracy suffered with cerebral palsy as well as having been a quadriplegic and semi bedridden by the time that she was 12 years old. Tracy ‘s life was ended by her father ,who was then convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole for 10 years. Questions raised within the case study concerning this case1 (Contemporary Moral Problems ,Problem Case #2 pg 188-189) were did Tracys father deserve the sentence he received? Was the killing of his daughter an act of mercy to eliminate her pain and suffering? Was his decision morally wrong?
The case study presented in (Contemporary Moral Problems ,Problem Case #2 pg 188-189) also states that members of the Latimer’s community felt as though the sentence was was unjust and that even some of the jurors on the case were upset by the life sentence verdict.
Tracy Lynn’s illness was not a terminal illness1 but one that involved a lot of pain ,frequent surgery’s and other hardships. Although her quality of life was not presented as one that may have appeared desirable to others , it was quoted that she was able to enjoy activities such as music ,bonfires etc. 1 and should have been to enjoy the full love and support of her family as well. Without having been in the situation of caring for an ill relative , it is probably impossible to fathom the realm of responsibilities that the caregivers take on. The day to day chores required , the constant needs of person that...