The Schiavo Legacy

Many people warned of the “slippery slope” of starving Terri Schiavo to death. They were right:

Granddaughter yanks grandma’s feeding tube

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.

Also upon Gaddy’s request and without prior legal authority, since March 28 Hospice-LaGrange has denied Magouirk normal nourishment or fluids via a feeding tube through her nose or fluids via an IV. She has been kept sedated with morphine and ativan, a powerful tranquillizer.

Many of you have filled out so called “living-wills” in the last few weeks. You wasted your time:

The dehydration is being done in defiance of Magouirk’s specific wishes, which she set down in a “living will,” and without agreement of her closest living next-of-kin, two siblings and a nephew: A. Byron McLeod, 64, of Anniston, Ga.; Ruth Mullinax, 74, of Birmingham, Ala.; and Ruth Mullinax’s son, Ken Mullinax.

Magouirk’s husband and only child, a son, are both deceased.

In her living will, Magouirk stated that fluids and nourishment were to be withheld only if she were either comatose or “vegetative,” and she is neither. Nor is she terminally ill, which is generally a requirement for admission to a hospice.

All of this is being done by her granddaughter:

Magouirk lives alone in LaGrange, though because of glaucoma she relied on her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, to bring her food and do errands.

Two weeks ago, Magouirk’s aorta had a dissection, and she was hospitalized in the local LaGrange Hospital. Her aortic problem was determined to be severe, and she was admitted to the intensive care unit. At the time of her admission she was lucid and had never been diagnosed with dementia.

Claiming that she held Magouirk’s power of attorney, Gaddy had her transferred to Hospice-LaGrange, a 16-bed unit owned by the same family that owns the hospital. Once at the hospice, Gaddy stated that she did not want her grandmother fed or given water.

“Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus,” Gaddy told Magouirk’s brother and nephew, McLeod and Ken Mullinax. “She has glaucoma and now this heart problem, and who would want to live with disabilities like these?”

OH so she is old and has glaucoma…. That’s a good reason to kill her…. No strike that… I’m going to use “The ‘M’ Word” this time…. Glaucoma is a good reason to murder her.

It gets worse:

According to Mullinax, his aunt’s local cardiologist in LaGrange, Dr. James Brennan, and Dr. Raed Agel, a highly acclaimed cardiologist at the nationally renowned University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center, determined that her aortic dissection is contained and not life-threatening at the moment.

Mullinax also states that Gaddy did not hold power of attorney, a fact he learned from the hospice’s in-house legal counsel, Carol Todd.

Want to know how much of a (ahem) piece of work the granddaughter is???

Gaddy, however, was not dissuaded. When Ken Mullinax and McLeod showed up at the hospice the following day, April 1, to meet with Todd and arrange emergency air transport for Magouirk’s transfer to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center, Hospice-LaGrange stalled them while Gaddy went before Troup County, Ga., Probate Court Judge Donald W. Boyd and obtained an emergency guardianship over her grandmother.

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.

The whole thing is worth the read… Yes it is WND but I did some digging and it seems to be checking out… The local paper is covering it and here is a link to audio of an interview with the victim’s nephew who is trying to prevent the murder.

And a thanks to Mark at The Conservative Revolution who has his say.

Update Meanwhile Ace picks up the case and Bill from INDC Journal makes an ass out of himself in the comments. It’s not buck teeth Bill, it’s glaucoma.

Update 2: As is to be expected, one of the KOSmoNUTS says “screw her, she’s old”:

On Blogsforterri you will find the story of Mae Magouirk who is being floated as the next Terri Schiavo. I guess if you have a website for Terri Schiavo you have to find something new to keep the site alive. … [she sneered -ed]

Aortic Dissection is a catastophic event. 33% of patients die in 24 hours, 50% within 48 hours. The two week mortality rate approaches 75%. The prognosis is very poor. Since she is 85 I am sure they are reluctant to perform any operation.

I’m not sure if the KOSmoNUT in question, jbane, is a physician but I strongly doubt it… I’m sure she just plays one on the internet. [Update: As further evidenced by the fact the woman was born with a aortic dissection.]

This is a clear case of murder. Why do these people ALWAYS find a way to be on the wrong side of every issue? Liberals care about the poor and the oppressed? My ass.

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