Discussion Case Study: The Story of Dax

Discussion Case Study: The Story of Dax

Discussion Case Study: The Story of Dax

This is the case of Donald “Dax” Cowart. Dax, age 25, was severely burned in a propane gas explosion. He was rushed to the local burn unit for care and was found to have severe burns over 65% of his body. His face and hands suffered third-degree burns, and his eyes were severely damaged.
Initial emergent treatment was started and Dax was given a 20% chance of survival. Even though his survival was in doubt, he was stabilized and underwent amputation of several fingers and removal of his right eye.

Dax was hospitalized a total of 232 days in the burn unit, a few weeks in an acute rehab unit and another 6 months in a step-down rehab unit. After his 6 months in the ICU, his chance of survival had increased to almost 100%. Throughout his hospitalization Dax repeatedly insisted that treatment be stopped and that he be allowed to die. Despite his demands, wound care continued, skin grafts were performed, and nutritional and fluid support were provided. He was finally discharged – totally blind, with minimal use of his hands, badly scarred and dependent on others to assist with his personal functions.

(Case of Dax – Jonsen, Clinical Ethics)

Question:

As you consider this case – consider what do you see as the most troubling concern of this case and why? Also consider the possible ethical issues, what rights did Dax have and were these violated?

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