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Friday, April 08, 2005

Another Terri? (Mae Magouirk)

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(Hat Tip: GOP Bloggers, Blogs for Terri, also posted on BNN)

A Deja'vu nightmare if you ask me.

In a situation recalling the recent death of Terri Schiavo in Florida, an 81-year-old widow, denied nourishment and fluids for nearly two weeks, is clinging to life in a hospice in LaGrange, Ga., while her immediate family fights desperately to save her life before she dies of starvation and dehydration.

Mae Magouirk was neither terminally ill, comatose nor in a "vegetative state," when Hospice-LaGrange accepted her as a patient about two weeks ago upon the request of her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, 36, an elementary school teacher.

Several weeks ago Mae Magouirk was admitted to the hospital after an aorta dissection. Her conditions was determined to be severe and she was transferred to an intensive care unit (all the while being lucid it seems). Gaddy later on transferred her to Hospice-LaGrange and once there has not allowed food or water to be brought to her Grandmother claiming she wants to be with "Jesus" instead.

The sick part about this is that all this is happening against the wishes set out in Mae Magouirk's "living will" and without the agreement of her two closest siblings (as well as her nephew). Mae Magouirk's doctor, Dr. Raed Agel has determined that her aorta dissection is contained and that this is not life threatening.

Update: Cao's Blog and Instapundit have picked up this story as well...

Update 2: It looks like Mae is safe. The Black Kettle has details and her Nephew thanks Terri's friends. On a side note it seems Judge Boyd is pro life and will be expressing his side of the story with Blogs for Terri. Should be interesting...

Despite actually having the immediate family, the Doctor and the law on Mae's side, it seems that once again (in)justice has turned a deaf ear and that (in)justice goes by the name of Judge Donald W. Boyd (the new Judge Greer).

Under the terms of his ruling, Gaddy was granted full and absolute authority over Magouirk, at least for the weekend. She took advantage of her judge-granted power by ordering her grandmother's feeding tube pulled out, just hours after it had been inserted.

Georgia law requires that a hearing for an emergency guardianship must be held within three days of its request, and Magouirk's hearing was held April 4 before Judge Boyd. Apparently, he has not made a final ruling, but favors giving permanent guardianship power to Gaddy, who is anxious to end her grandmother's life.

The sad part about this is not that another human being is being denied food, but that a new culture of death is emerging in America, and it seems that our Euthanasia friends have found a new market in the "hospice sector."

Ron Panzer, president and founder of Hospice Patients Alliance, a patients' rights advocacy group based in Michigan, told WND that what is happening to Magouirk is not at all unusual.

"This is happening in hospices all over the country," he said. "Patients who are not dying – are not terminal – are admitted [to hospice] and the hospice will say they are terminally ill even if they're not. There are thousands of cases like this. Patients are given morphine and ativan to sedate them. If feeding is withheld, they die within 10 days to two weeks. It's really just a form of euthanasia."

Blogs for Terri has the latest updates on this issue (as well as Pro Life Blogs) and if you have a phone (as well as an email address) and desire to do something worthy for your country (for it might be you in that hospice later on) you can contact these people and politely explain why an 80 year old woman deserves the same respect established by law and request to live.

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This is absolutely horrific! I'm mortified! How long will it be before it's Christians...or some other group like that? This is NOT GOOD AT ALL. Baby Hudson in Texas was killed, although his mother was a little 'off'. But this lady's family loves her, much like the Schindlers in the Terri Schiavo case...I find it very strange that a school teacher would do this to her grandmother. NEA?

By Anonymous Cao, at 7:58 PM EDT  

This is disgusting. I knew it wouldn't be long before they went after the seniors, only thing is I didn't think it would so soon.

By Blogger Abraham, at 8:56 PM EDT  

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