Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Liberal Death Cult Suffers Setback

I admit to being late to get to this as I heard Sean Hannity discuss it on his radio show last week. Not knowing the affected woman's name, I couldn't find the story. This is a long post, if nothing else, read the last link.

Here it is from the WorldNetDaily of April 7th; Granddaughter denies feeding tube to grandma - 81-year-old not terminally ill, comatose, nor in vegetative state.
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 not 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.
Does she have a "living will"? You bet she does.
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.
So how did this happen?
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?"
And Gaddy did not even have power of attorney! But that does not stop her from trying to kill Mae;
On March 31, Todd told Ruth and Ken Mullinax during a phone conversation Georgia law stipulated that Ruth Mullinax and her brother, A.B. McLeod, were entitled to make any and all decisions for Magouirk. Ruth Mullinax immediately told Todd to begin administering food and fluids through an IV and a nasal feeding tube.

Todd had the IV fluids started that evening, but informed the family that they would have to come to the hospice to sign papers to have the feeding tube inserted. Once that was done, Magouirk would not be able to stay at the hospice.

Ken Mullinax recalled that Todd said the only reason Magouirk was in the hospice in the first place was that the LaGrange Hospital had failed to exercise due diligence in closely examining the power of attorney Beth Gaddy said she had, as well as exercising the provisions of Magouirk's living will.

Todd explained that Gaddy had only a financial power of attorney, not a medical power of attorney, and Magouirk's living will carefully provided that a feeding tube and fluids should only be discontinued if she was comatose or in a "vegetative state" – and she was neither.

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.
Could this happen to you? You bet it can.
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."
Wizbang has an update as of April 9th and 12th. On Hannity and Colmes tonight Kenneth Mullinax was interviewed and said that Gaddy no longer has charge of Mae and that Mae was now out of the hospice and at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center receiving food and water.

People have value simply because they are alive. Modern liberal culture both here and in Europe require that a person have a certain usefulness to have value. When a people through age, illness, or other incapacitation are no longer useful, they become inconvenient. For too many, including the judges who rule our country, this alone is sufficient reason to have them put to death.

It is putting to death when a person is not termally ill, is awake, conscious, has a "living will", and is able to speak and clearly ask to be taken home. All it takes is some hate filled relative and a soft-headed member of the judicial oligarchy to deny food and water until death. In case anybody missed it in the Terri Schiavo case, the case of Mae Magouirk makes it abundantly clear.

Tim at Logicus bLogicus writes of The Intrinsic Value of Mae Magouirk. Read it, this is an excellent post.

Blogs for Terri reports that the fight over Mae is, unbelievably, not over!

The WorldNet Daily of April 12th reports, Closest kin prevented from visiting 'grandma. Family in dispute over fate of 81-year-old whose granddaughter cut off nourishment

If you read nothing else in this post, read that link. The whole bizarre story is there. Gaddy has forbidden any family member to visit Mae, and has forbidden the release of any information as to her condition. The evil idiot Judge Boyd seems to think that this is ok.

I will post on this again.

Gaddy has partial charge of Mae. As I reported above she has shut down access to Mae, but is forced to provide medical care. She is still the guardian.

I promise to keep you posted.

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