1. What condition does Patrick have?
Patrick has Hirschsprung's disease, a condition which affects the digestive tract, and makes him unable to digest food.
2. What is the treatment for Patrick's condition?
Because Patrick is unable to digest food, he has to be fed through a nutrient drip. The line which delivers the nutrients is prone to infection, so he also has to be on antibiotics.
3. What is the Institutional Ethics Committee?
The Institutional Ethics Committee is a group of doctors which discusses questions of withdrawing life support. It also faces the question of paying for the care needed by patients who are unable to finance their own care.
4. What question is the Committee facing in Chapter 1?
In Chapter 1, the Committee is facing the question of whether to continue Patrick's nutrient drip. They are also debating whether to assign him DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) status, in the event there are ever surgical complications.
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