Cindy Tucker is a 43 year old woman who is married to Tom Tucker, and the couple has 3 young children. Tom is a business executive who has just been…

Question Answered step-by-step Cindy Tucker is a 43 year old woman who is married to Tom Tucker,and the couple has 3 young children. Tom is a business executive who has just been diagnosed as having pancreatic cancer. It is inoperable and he is terminally ill. He is not expected to live beyond 6 months. He became ill about a month ago. He has lost a lot of weight and often feels nauseous. An operation was scheduled, which took place last evening. The surgeons were not able to remove the tumor. Cindy and her father-in-law, Bill Tucker, were at the hospital during the operation. After the operation, the surgeon informed them of the diagnosis and suggested that Cindy go home to rest. Her husband was in the recovery room and it was suggested that she come back to see him the next day. Cindy and her father-in-law had time to discuss how much Tom should know about his condition. Because of Tom’s personality and the fact that he recently had depression related to work stress, Cindy decided that he should not be informed of his diagnosis. Bill does not agree with Cindy, or her reasons, but he says nothing to Cindy at this time. Cindy wants to spare her husband from hearing about his “death sentence”. She feels that he “couldn’t cope”/”couldn’t handle it.” If he only has a short time to live, Cindy wants Tom to enjoy his children and have hope for the future instead of living as though he’s dying. He has always been afraid of death and disease. At the best of times he cannot discuss these topics without getting upset. A friend of his died of cancer a few years ago and Tom went into a “terrible state”. He was not able to visit his friend in the hospital and going to the funeral home and funeral was out of the question for him. He was weepy, couldn’t sleep, and became obsessed with trying to stay healthy. He has often said he wouldn’t know how to handle getting seriously ill himself and that he’d rather be dead than have some lingering illness. What would Kant say to Cindy and why? Use the terms, ‘end,’ ‘mere means to an end,’ and the second categorical imperative to answer this question.  Health Science Science Nursing PHL MISC Share QuestionEmailCopy link Comments (0)

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