Sunday, April 10, 2005

The slide has begun.... ... yet another death watch...

First it was Terri Schiavo. Now meet Mae Magouirk, an 81 year old non-terminal woman, being deprived of nourishment via the disconnection of her feeding tube. Ms. Magouirk had a living will made out that provided for discontinuing use of a feeding tube should she be in a terminally ill or persistive vegetative state. Said Beth Gaddy, Mae's granddaughter (not even next of kin under Georgia law):

"I think it’s time she (her grandmother) goes home to Jesus, that’s she’s too sick and would not have a good quality of life,” Kenneth Mullinax said.

Thing about it is, Mrs. Magouirk was lucid upon admission to the hospital, yet fluids and nutrition have been denied her since March 28th. She was neither in a vegetative state, nor terminally ill.

Said WorldNetDaily:
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.


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.

Who will be the next among us to die a "death by convenience"?

BIG HAT TIP to Bogus Gold, The Night Writer, and Father Rob Johansen's Throwback.

*****UPDATE FROM Bogus Gold

Mae Magourik - Good News Update
From Blogs for Terri:

BREAKING NEWS: Mae is out of the hospice

Just received telephone call (3:00 PM ET) from Ken Mullinax, nephew of Mae.

Terri saves another life!

Followed by this email:
THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF ALL OF THE FRIENDS OF TERRI, MY AUNT MAE MAGOUIRK HAS BEEN AIR LIFTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM MEDICAL CENTER ... and receiving IV fluids, nourishment and some of the finest medical care available in the United States! Praise be the name of the Lord GOD... Thanks to Terri's friends... It would NEVER ever have been possible without bloggers who love life , and the truth!! I am racing from my home to UAB now and will type a detailed update after I see my Aunt Mae! Thanks guys, your calls, emails, blogs and prayers did it ALL!!! I so love you guys!!!!!!!!!! Ken Mullinax, nephew of Mae

-End email

Perhaps there may be hope after all?